Writing Tips: Extraneous “That”

Great tip for eliminating a writer’s pet peeve: Too Many “That”s!

Writings By Ender

The writing I seek to produce is one trimmed of fat. Reading bulky writing is exhausting and has a tendency to ramble. It does pay to switch up sentence length however, so don’t misunderstand me there. One issue that irritates me is the word “that”. Let’s look at the first sentence of this paragraph: “The writing I seek to produce is one trimmed of fat”. In the process of writing an article talking about the qualifier “that,” I almost loaded this sentence with them. The sentence almost looked like this:

“The writing that I seek out to produce is one that is trimmed of fat.”

Doesn’t it just weigh in the brain like a corpse? There are sentences that make “that” mandatory but often the word can be omitted. Still not seeing the problem? Let’s look at it another way.

Every excess word, every way you force a qualifier into…

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