Sure, but using another tense does not make this sentence redundant or convoluted. Other things might. I addressed your comment about my including of had because that was the only thing in your whole response that I took issue with. To me, your pointing that out is the equivalent of pointing out that "you've got" is not necessary and should simply be "you have." It's irrelevant to my question as I intended it.
I understand that strictly adhering to grammar rules can be inhibiting. This question is less about grammar and more about style and semantic.
As I said before, all the questions I asked were referring to the inclusion of "that" at the start of the sentence, nothing else.
In the future, I will be more clear about what I want from you. People on here who post on ESL threads have a tendency to find issues with ESL writing and either not answer or incompletely answer the actual question.
Starting sentences with that...
Is it (starting sentences with that) acceptable?
Is it (starting sentences with that) unnecessarily wordy? Ie, is it better to rearrange the sentence to not start with that?
Does it (starting sentences with that) convey emphasis of some sort?
I constructed the sentence for reference.
I apologize if it was a poor example or if my intention was not clear.