I just received a proofread version of an academic manuscript from my copy editor. She essentially changed all of the instances in which I had written "given that" to "given." I've tried to read up on the distinction, but I am getting contradictory information. From a reading-aloud perspective, it just does not sound right to me to take out the "that", but that may just be my bias.
"Given that the CEO had recently resigned, the company had trouble raising its next round of financing."
was changed to
"Given the CEO had recently resigned, the company had trouble raising its next round of financing."
Are "given" and "given that" actually interchangeable? According to the dictionary, they both mean "when you consider something"…