Hi guys, I've noticed in my writing that I use the word 'that' quite liberally. I'm beginning to wonder if it even belongs there. For example: Cain had tried to weasel his way out by saying that he didn’t have a date to bring, or that he was busy that *night, but Mr. Pike had laughed and said that he knew Cain like the back of his hand. I was wondering if I removed some of those 'that's if it will change the meaning of it at all. Are there some that I can't remove? I'm not concerned with the 'that' with the *. That particular 'that' I'm certain is supposed to be there.