Consider the sentence:

The reason I didn't make it on time is that my car broke down.

Should I add that after "The reason"?

The reason that I didn't make it on time is that my car broke down.

Is it correct to use two "that" in this sentence?


Yes, it's fine to use two that or two of any word in a sentence as long as each is doing its own job correctly in that sentence.

It can be a bit tiring to have a lot of repetition of less common words, but while such cases might not be good they are still correct. This is nowhere near as much of a concern with small common conjunctions and pronouns like that. Repetition alone is not a reason to cut.

When used as a relative pronoun as here it can be omitted (this is also true when that is used as a conjunction introducing a subordinate clause). It's largely a matter of style. (I personally find myself writing them a lot, but preferring to cut them out if I edit, but then I personally prefer to rephrase "the reason that …" to "… because …" most of the time; there's no reason to follow my style).

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