Originally Posted by robertreams
Has anyone but me noticed that almost every one prcedes everything that they say these days by using the word 'that'? I was trained to say, The book on the table' but now everyone says the book that is on the table. Is that right? What is it that one might have to say that cannot be said without using that word.. I hate that word!
Seriously, last week I was reading a published work in an eminent publication. The author used 'that' fifteen times in the first two paragraphs. I just finished reading a story on LIt. The author used' that' four times in the first sentence.
I say if the sentence reads the same without "that' , leave it out!
For some reason the replies seem to have disappeared.
On the whole I agree with you. When I was working with Juicystarchild she did her best to cure me of this. However, I have recently found US editors putting them in.
ie I wrote : He said he was fit to drive.
editors correction : He said that he was fit to drive.
I just assumed it was part of the way they use the language over there.