Is it o.k. to use "that" twice in rapid succession?
Is the following sentence correct?
We want all students to feel safe while on campus, and we regret that that safety felt less secure on Sunday afternoon.
Occasionally, we say that twice in a row conversationally, but there is always a better way to change the sentence to avoid such confusion. Usually you can easily replace the second that with the or this. But in your example, even the phrase "that safety felt less secure" is wordy and not entirely accurate. The students felt less secure. Safety doesn't have feelings.
We want all students to feel safe on campus and regret the loss of that feeling on Sunday afternoon.
Our goal is to provide a safe environment on campus and regret the security breech on Sunday afternoon.
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