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“That which is measured improves. That which is measured and reported improves exponentially."  -Karl Pearson.

This seems to be a famous quote.

I wonder if this sentence is grammatically correct. It seems to me that "That" is redundancy, as "which" is enough to funcion as a conjunction indicating a subject.

Thank you in advance 

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Hi, Jiho,

@jiho posted:

“That which is measured improves. That which is measured and reported improves exponentially."  -Karl Pearson.

"That" is grammatical and required there, because it is the head of the noun phrase "that which is measured [and reported]."

You can imagine "that" as being equivalent to "the thing" or "the one." "That which" can have an indefinite meaning, being equivalent to "what" (= the thing), or refer to one in a group.

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