After years of eliminating that from my writing, you would think I would have run out of that by now. But no, it still pops up from time to time.
What’s wrong with that? If you strive for clear and succinct writing, its overuse puts dents in otherwise smooth communication.
Here’s an example of a disposable that:
I realized that I could write better emails.
See? That isn’t grammatically incorrect, but it serves no purpose.
That does have its place. For example:
She finished the report that was due tomorrow.
The next time you write a letter or an email, go on a that search. You may be surprised how many times you rely on it. Delete that if it doesn’t support the meaning of your sentence. Your message will be more authoritative and your readers will appreciate your brevity and conciseness.