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Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘That’.


“He was the bloodthirstiest buccaneer that sailed.”

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


“In that case, sir, Adèle ought to go to school.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


That startles you, eh? Truth is so often disconcerting.

From ‘Scaramouche’, by Rafael Sabatini.


What voice that is nurtured on brandy can ever be clear?

From ‘Dr Thorne’, by Anthony Trollope.


It was no mean feat to reach that window-ledge and open that window.

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


“I feel that there are goodness, peace, and truth, wherever Agnes is.”

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.


All she knew was that James had played her false, abused her trust in him.

From ‘The Man with Two Left Feet (and Other Stories)’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


It was forced upon me that here was a man born to play a big part.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


It was with a rather imperious gesture that I summoned Jeeves to my side.

From ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


No wonder that letters addressed to people here had never received an answer.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


“In that sense I do feel apprehensive — I have no wish to talk nonsense.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


All that remained was to marshal themselves, and proceed into the Concert Room.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


Mr Arabin replied that he was a very distant relative of the family alluded to.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.


That is very true,” said Elizabeth; “though it had not occurred to me before.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


She had once declared that whatever her father did should in her eyes be right.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.


It appears that I must have fainted for the first and the last time in my life.

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


“Remember that whatever your conjectures may be, you have no right to repeat them.”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


Our joint weight brought the boat down, so low, that she shipped a good deal of water.

From ‘Ned Myers’, by James Fenimore Cooper.


“These crosses stand for the names of ships or towns that they sank or plundered.”

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


His depression she ascribed to the fact that he had seen Katharine and parted from her.

From ‘Night and Day’, by Virginia Woolf.

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Herding in India is one of the laziest things in the world.

From ‘The Jungle Book’, by Rudyard Kipling.

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