Re: Usage of "that"

Subject: Re: Usage of "that"
From: "Huber, Mike" <Mike -dot- Huber -at- SOFTWARE -dot- ROCKWELL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 13:27:25 -0500

When in doubt, chop it out and see if the sentence still works.
I don't mean mentally, I mean on the screen, or even on paper.

From: Laura Myott[SMTP:lmyott -at- svcdoc -dot- mc -dot- xerox -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 1996 11:47 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list TEC
Subject: Usage of "that"

I have a question regarding usage of the word "that." When is it
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
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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