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What exactly is the recommendation, when I'm writing, to do with the word "that"?

Often, while speaking, someone might say:

I think it's going to rain.

Whereas, technically, it should be:

I think that it's going to rain.

However, things can get complicated when using the word "that" to refer to an object such as "this or that":

I guess that would be the right thing to do.

versus:

I guess that that would be the right thing to do.

Is the latter even grammatically correct?

What should I do in these cases? Should I add the word "that" in all cases, or only cases where it might be ambiguous otherwise? Should I always omit it? Should I repeat the word "that" twice when appropriate, or should I always list it once in these cases?

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marked as duplicate by psmears, kiamlaluno, RegDwigнt May 19 '11 at 8:37

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