Isn't "that" superfluous?


Senior Member
Before the United States was formed there were thirteen original colonies and that when the US was formed, these colonies became the first thirteen states.​
Don't you think this "that" is superfluous?
  • curly

    Senior Member
    English - Ireland
    Maybe there was something before where you copied, along the lines of, "He believed that"... before the United states was formed...and that when the US was formed...