Usage of "that"

Subject: Usage of "that"
From: Laura Myott <lmyott -at- SVCDOC -dot- MC -dot- XEROX -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 09:08:09 PST

I have a question regarding usage of the word "that." When is it appropriate
and when is it just added fluff? To give you an idea of what I mean, here are
some sample sentences:

"This section lists related documentation *that* you may find helpful."

"This guide assumes *that* you have a basic understanding of..."

"Ensure *that* the hood is securely fastened."

In these sentences, is the word "that" necessary? I prefer to leave it in
because I think *that* it sounds better, but that is my own opinion.

Laura Myott
Technical Writer
Interim Technology Professionals

lmyott -at- svcdoc -dot- mc -dot- xerox -dot- com

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