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Guys, i'm writing up an essay for psychology and i'm always a bit concerned about my grammar. I was wondering which one is grammatically correct:

The humanistic approach believes that everyone has.... Or
The humanistic approach believes everyone has ... (without 'that')
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Guys, i'm writing up an essay for psychology and i'm always a bit concerned about my grammar. I was wondering which one is grammatically correct:

The humanistic approach believes that everyone has.... Or
The humanistic approach believes everyone has ... (without 'that'
Either will do because they're both as bad as each other.

The 'humanistic approach' can't 'believe' anything, because it's not a sentient being; it's a concept. You'd be better rewriting it to something like 'According to the humanistic approach...'
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Guys, i'm writing up an essay for psychology and i'm always a bit concerned about my grammar. I was wondering which one is grammatically correct:

The humanistic approach believes that everyone has.... Or
The humanistic approach believes everyone has ... (without 'that'
In a clause containing a verb of thinking or a verb of saying ("I believe that", "it is argued that", "he says that" etc.), "that" can be left in or omitted. In a formal context, it is probably better not to omit any words and to say e.g. "I think that blue is a lovely colour", but colloquially (informally) it is perfectly fine to leave the word out and has become a common practice. It's a similar case to contractions like "it's" and "they're" as opposed to "it is" and "they are"; contractions are grammatically correct but informal.

As Reality Check said, however, an approach can't have an opinion because it isn't sentient; someone can come to a certain conclusion using an approach, but the approach itself does not come to a conclusion. I would say "Advocates of the humanistic approach believe that everyone has..."
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In a clause containing a verb of thinking or a verb of saying ("I believe that", "it is argued that", "he says that" etc.), "that" can be left in or omitted. In a formal context, it is probably better not to omit any words and to say e.g. "I think that blue is a lovely colour", but colloquially (informally) it is perfectly fine to leave the word out and has become a common practice.

As Reality Check said, however, an approach can't have an opinion because it isn't sentient; someone can come to a certain conclusion using an approach, but the approach itself does not come to a conclusion. I would say "Advocates of the humanistic approach believe that everyone has..."
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