Is that that important when writing a sentence? The use of that is not that important but people tend to use that whether for this reason or that reason.
If that should be used then that should be used but not if that can be excluded for that reason, ya know? ;)
I'm guilty of this peeve myself. The word "that" is generally not important when writing a sentence and can be excluded. Take for instance the sentences above.
"Is 'that' important when writing a sentence? The use of 'that' is not important but people tend to use 'that' for one reason or another."
Our minds tend to focus on repetitive words when we are reading. Once we notice the repetition we start looking for it and stop paying attention to what we are reading.
Try this little experiment the next time you are reading a paragraph or website - when you come across the word 'that' remove it from the sentence and see if it still makes sense. If it does, then the word doesn't need to be in there.
I remember reading somewhere that 'that' is the least needed word in the english language, and yet it is the most used. I wish I could remember where I read that so I could post the link. If anyone runs across it please add the info, it would be greatly appreciated!
Anyway, 'that' is my peeve. Have any of you noticed this or maybe another word that's over used, under-used or?