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If I want to say

I wanted to create new post (topic, question) but I forgot to do so.

should I say

I wanted to post a post but I forgot to do so.

or should I say

I wanted to post but I forgot to do so.

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It's theoretically correct, you just need to add an article to make a noun out of the word post, like this:

I wanted to post a post, but I forgot to do so.


Either I didn't understand the question, or the others didn't understand my answer, so I'd like to rephrase myself: The above sentence is grammatical, there's nothing wrong with it from the technical point of view.

To go outside of what the OP asks, I would also add that repeating the same word is a bit unusual, but not incorrect. We don't know how the OP needs/wants to use the sentence, therefore we may not judge what's best for him.

To suggest some more usual options:

I wanted to submit a new post.
I wanted to create a new thread.
I wanted to add my reply.

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good, thanks. I think you answered it all – genesis Jul 4 '11 at 13:09
I think almost no-one would want to talk/hear about posting a post. – FumbleFingers Jul 4 '11 at 13:20
Which doesn't render the above sentence ungrammatical, now does it? – RiMMER Jul 4 '11 at 13:24
@Rimmer: No, but it may make it bad English. – TimLymington Jul 4 '11 at 13:29
The question is not whether the sentence is grammatical. The question is how best to word the sentence. – Neil G Jul 4 '11 at 19:11

No. (!) Like any other word, immediate repetition is bad practice. "I wanted to leave a post", or "I wanted to post an answer" would be fine. "I wanted to post" is not wrong, but could be confusing.

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Immediate repetition is bad practice? What about past perfect "had had", for example? :) If only we had had more books at home when I was young ... – RiMMER Jul 4 '11 at 13:13
Still bad practice: 'had owned', or something similar depending on the meaning, would be more informative and less likely to lead to "'had had 'had had'" and the rest of it. – TimLymington Jul 4 '11 at 13:19
+1 because repetition of the word 'post' would be truly awful English. But in context I don't really see any problem with using "post" as an intransitive verb, so "I wanted to post" seems fine to me. – FumbleFingers Jul 4 '11 at 13:19
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – RiMMER Jul 4 '11 at 13:20
@TimLymington: If you think really, really hard, you can come up with constructions where immediate repetition is commonplace. – Kosmonaut Jul 4 '11 at 14:07

"Post a post" would be correct, however, you might be better choosing a different noun, because it does sound a little odd. You might say "post an article", or "post a blog entry", or "start a thread", or "reply on a thread", or simply "I wanted to post to the forum, but I forgot to." Your second suggestion of "I wanted to post but I forgot too" is also OK, but it does feel a little incomplete to me.

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“Post a post” is an example of careless repetition. It's especially confusing because the repeated word is a different part of speech. Technically, it's grammatical, but not every grammatical sentence is a good sentence.

Tim and Fraser give some good rewordings.

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