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Reply to "Happy to hear from you that."

@perriced posted:

Hi.  We know this should read “Happy to hear that from you” but why?  Thanks for any input.  
Is this just an unusual ditransitive verb situation?

Hi, Perriced—In the adjective phrase (not a sentence) "Happy to hear that from you," "that" functions as the direct object of "hear." "From you" is an (optional) prepositional-phrase adjunct/modifier.

The complement of the verb (the direct object) needs to come before the adjunct modifying that entire verb phrase, except in special cases where the direct object is "heavy" enough to be post-posed:

  • We are happy to hear from you the exciting news about your daughter's being admitted to such a prestigious university.
Last edited by David, Moderator
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