There are two verbs, thought and was, but why is there no conjunction?
In the sentence "I thought it was just rumors", the conjunction "that" is omitted. The conjunction"that" can act as a subject, complement, object, or adverb in the sentences. The reason why "that" is omitted here is because the sentence led by "that" serves as the object of the verb "though". You can omit the word "that" unless it is used as a subject in the sentence. Ex: The fact that he is a playboy is shocking. => This "that" cannot be omitted. Let me show you another example of "that" being omitted and acting as an object. "That" serves as the object phrase commonly after verbs such as think, say, know, believe, hope, and so on. "That" is omitted from all the examples below. Ex: She thought he was cool. Ex: My mom always says carrots are good for me. Ex: I know it's here somewhere! Ex: They believe this is a waste of money. Ex: He hopes he can be a singer.