Today’s EDIT ME Tuesday is all about an overused word we love to overuse. It’s four little letters. Noooo, it’s not one of THOSE words!
I told my friend that we were having the chili cook-off this weekend.
My friend replied that she was not coming and eating any skanky chili that I made.
I think that I might punch her in the throat for saying that.
See any commonly used words in these sentences? Yeah, I’m still dwelling on how any chili can be skanky too, but let’s move past it, friends.
“That” is a bridge word commonly seen after verbs such as think, say, hear, or believe, etc. Here are a few examples:
The fire department claimed that the fire was not due to an explosion.
Medicine men acknowledge that the spirituality of a person is important to overall health.
Now read both of those sentences without the word THAT.
The fire department claimed the fire was not due to an explosion.
Medicine men acknowledge the spirituality of a person is important to overall health. (I have no idea if this is true, BTW. I made it up)
While editing, I see a lot of authors overuse THAT. My editors even ping me on it, and I’m aware of THAT while writing.
Here’s a final tip:
If you read it aloud and it works without THAT, eliminate it. It’s fluffy filler you do not need weighting your writing. Now what do you think of THAT?
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