Questions about redundant constructions, pleonasms, etc.

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What is the significance of “single” in “single greatest” (or similar)?

People always say "The single greatest ...". But I think "The greatest ..." is also correct. Is the latter correct? If yes, what's the significance of adding "single"? By definition "greatest" is ...
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Is 'external' in 'external appearance' redundant when talking about a person's looks?

Recently, I came across an essay titled "should we judge people by their external appearance?" The title made me think whether or not 'external' is redundant in this sentence. Oxford Collocations ...
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Why is “is” not the error in this SAT sentence?

In this practice SAT question, the test-taker is required to identify the existence and location of an error in a sentence: True chalcedony is different from blue agate [in] the purity of its ...
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Is “will/would” and “am/was going to” equivalent? [closed]

Please consider the following conditional statement: If I would eat my lunch, I would remain healthy. Some people say that the "would" after "If I" should be omitted for the following reasons: 1.) ...
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Omission of “being” after prepositions

I've heard from somewhere in this website that being can be deleted after almost every preposition... which aroused many questions as to the usage of being for me. Today, I encountered this sentence: ...
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Is it bad practice to say “a husband and his wife” because of redundancy?

Phrasing like "a husband and his wife" or "a daughter and her father" always irked me, for being a bit redundant. Surely, it is enough to say "man and his wife" (or in the case of same-sex marriages ...
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Is “looking into potentially… ” a redundant statement?

Is "looking into potentially.... " a redundant statement? Ex: We are looking into potentially moving our development from one source to another.
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Is “check to make sure” a tautology?

When one checks (something), would the purpose not be to ensure/make sure? What other purpose does checking have? Even if this a false assumption/argument (purpose equals definition), are there other ...
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“most common after” vs. “second most common after”

I have this sentence: iOS is the second most commonly used smartphone operating system in the World. And to name the most common, I write: iOS is the second most commonly used smartphone ...
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Is it redundant to say “the jury is still out”?

Should somebody who seeks to avoid stylistic infelicities related to redundancy refrain from using "still" in the construction "the jury is [] out"?
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Is it redundant to use “troubleshooting” and “problem” in the same sentence?

Is it ok to say something like "Troubleshooting hardware and software issues", or as troubleshoot already implies there is a problem, the sentence is somewhat redundant
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Is “raw dough” redundant?

Doesn't the definition of "dough" imply that the food is raw? After cooking the food it doesn't seem like it would still be dough. I ask because I always see "Don't eat raw cookie dough" on packages ...
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Does “started a start-up company” contain redundancy?

I see the phrase "started a start-up company" more and more these days, and feel that it is redundant, and the speaker is ignorant or using stock phrases without thinking. Any company we start would ...
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Is it correct to say “other alternatives”? [closed]

We often see people writing: I have other alternatives for you. Isn't it redundant to use the word "other" with alternatives as the word "alternative" itself implies other options or ways?
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Why use “ex post facto” when “post facto” means the same thing? [closed]

In legal language I have come across the term "ex post facto". Isn't "ex" redundant in this phrase? "post facto" also means "after the fact", so it should be sufficient. This is commonly used in ...
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Is “moral lesson” grammatically incorrect or redundant?

Someone pointed this out to me earlier today that the correct usage is either moral or lesson, but not both.
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Is “sleeveless vest” redundant?

I had always thought a vest implied a sleeveless garment of clothing, but I find several instances of the phrase "sleeveless vest." Isn't that redundant and is there any reputable, somewhat ...
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What is an “American style shopping mall”?

Consider the phrase: "American style shopping mall?" Implicit here is a large multi-story enclosed gallery with lots of shops on a passageway that connects the "Generators" (large department stores ...
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Redundancy in “becoming increasingly”

Isn't it redundant to say "becoming increasingly (adjective)"? I know this is a common construction, but it seems to me that increasingly already includes the idea that it is already (adjective) but ...
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Is the phrase “refuse to accept” redundant?

The word "refuse" is an antonym of the word "accept"; does this make the phrase "refuse to accept" redundant and/or linguistically incorrect?
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Is “10 P.M. last night” redundant?

I know that it's redundant to say things like "8:00 A.M. in the morning" or "6:00 P.M. at night." But what if you want to specify that you're talking about a specific night, such as last night? For ...
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Isn't it redundant to use “then” after “if”?

Since "if P, Q" is grammatical, is it not the case that the "then" in "if P, then Q" is redundant? Where P and Q are clauses. For example, "if it rains today, the road shall be wet tomorrow" is ...
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Do I need to repeat the subject+verb a second time in a sentence? [closed]

Which of the following is correct? Do I need to repeat the "I will"? I will work on that list and send it to you as soon as possible. I will work on that list and I will send it to you as ...
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Is “The State it was In when it was…” too wordy?

I saw this message: Reset all save data and return the game to the state it was in when it was newly purchased Is the the state it was in too wordy or redundant? Can it be just the state when it ...
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Is “naturally flavored with other natural flavors” redundant? [closed]

I see this on many fruity soda cans, like Fanta, Sunkist, and Minute Maid, where it will read "Orange Soda - Naturally Flavored with Other Natural Flavors" If they're all natural flavors, isn't it ...
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Can the verb “increment” refer to a quantity other than one? [closed]

For instance: Every time the user logs in, increment the login variable. vs Every time the user logs in, increment the login variable by 1. Which is more correct? My gut tells me the first ...
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The phrase - “I remain sceptical” vs “I continue to remain sceptical”

During a parent meeting , I heard a teacher say : I remain sceptical (on the progress of the child). and the parent questioning him- Why do you continue to remain sceptical? ...
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to help aid - is it correct?

I've seen a sentence Your donation will help aid flood victims. A dictionary says "aid = to help". So the sentence is "Your donation will help help flood victims." I was wondering if "help aid" ...
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“Two dead found dead”

Is it proper English to say 'Two dead found dead' like we read in the breaking news below?
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Term for Making a New Word that is the Same Part of Speech as its Root

Recently, I've been noticing that in casual speech people often unwittingly create new words from standard English words that are (a) of the same part of speech as the standard word and (b) meant to ...
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Is the second last “shipping” necessary?

From this question, This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships. The second to last shipping seems to be redundant. Is it necessary? Does the sentence still preserve the same ...
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Is “Needless to say” ever worth saying? [closed]

I get a weird twinge in my stomach when ever I have the urge to write "Needless to say." If it's needless to say, it would seem stupid to say it. Am I right? Am I wrong?
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Is there redundancy in saying that something “can be a potential risk”?

I often read of "potential risks". This moved further into the realm of uncertainty with "can be a potential risk" in a recent, scientific magazine. Given that measurements of risk incorporate the ...
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Do certain contrasting conjunctions + certain contrasting adverbs = redundancy?

For example, would the following sentence with either ‘rather’ or ‘instead’ included in the middle (or, for that matter, with ‘instead’ alone at the end) be redundant. If a redundancy, would it rise ...
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Why do we say “rips and tears”?

For example, "Clothing must be free from rips and tears." It seems to me that the words "rips" and "tears" can be used interchangeably, and that using both is redundant. Is there a particular reason ...
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Curious about “en-” and “-en” in the same word…

There’s a motorcycle part called the “enrichener.” To my ears, it sounds like the “en-” prefix and “-en” suffix (in the enrichen part of enrichener) are redundant. Of course, there is also ...
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Is “engendered the creation of…” redundant?

Is it? For example: The lack of natural resources engendered the creation of a complex religion in Mesopotamia.
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“My personal opinion is…” Is it always pointless to use the words “personal” and “personally”?

Is this kind of redundancy acceptable in both speech and writing, formal and informal ? Would the following sentences have their meaning changed if we omitted "personal" or "personally" ? Would they ...
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Is it redundant to use “currently” and “at the moment” in the same sentence?

For example: We're currently overbooked at the moment.
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Is it redundant to say that something is “clearly evident”?

Here's a sentence: "The volume of resources invested is clearly evident." Is this redundant?
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Ambiguous pronouns

I have a statement like The performance of the proposed scheme, and its dependence on … Here, ‘it’ can refer to either the performance of the scheme, or the scheme itself. I changed the ...
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Isn't the word “shotgun” a self-redundancy? [closed]

I was googling the reason for why it's called "shotgun" to ride beside the driver when it suddenly hit me - why on Earth is the firearm called "shotgun"?! Is there any other kind of a gun than one ...
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*Deja vu* all over again [closed]

"Deja vu all over again" is an example of either a semi-literate (when the speaker does not know what deja vu means) or a jocular use (when the speaker tries to be funny). Can you give similar ...
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Isn't the term “foreign national” redundant? [closed]

Looking at the definition given at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_national (I know, not a great source) I can't see how replacing this with just "foreigner" wouldn't suffice?
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Is it ok to say “mutually practice together”?

Is it correct to say This way we can mutually practice together. Since mutually has already been mentioned, is it correct if I use the word together at the end? It may be redundant, but is ...
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Is “over-saturated” redundant?

For me, "saturated" implies there couldn't exist more of given quantity, like concentration of substance in a solution. So "over-saturated" (as in "over-saturated market") seems redundant.
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What does “cyber-” actually mean?

I'm heading into the postgraduate phase of my Computer Science-oriented studies, and I can't put my finger on what this root means. According to Etymology Online it comes from Cybernetics, which in ...
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Is the term “fresh and original” redundant?

I see this phrase all over the place. Fresh in this usage appears to be in the usage: not previously known or used; new or different. And directly lists original as a synonym. And original in ...
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probable word overuse in an introductory clause

"So, first things first. Let's check out the . . .." In the preceding example, is the first clause redundant?
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How does a “research scientist” differ from a “scientist”?

I have seen the term research scientist in several job descriptions. Does the qualifier research distinguish a special kind of scientific role, or is this actually a redundant phrase? How can you work ...