Questions about repeating a given word in a phrase, sentence, or short passage of text.

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Repeat Adverb in a list or is one time enough?

[1] ...., which is less efficient and secure against ... [2] ...., which is less efficient and less secure against ... Is it necessary to mention "less" two times as shown in version [2] or is ...
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Avoid repetition

I want to avoid the repetition of the words "mutual information" in the following sentence: "where I(X_i;X_j|Y) and I(X_i;X_j) denote, respectively, the conditional mutual information and the mutual ...
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Is there a name for the repetitious use of the word “of”?

In the Bible, one can read about "the tree of knowledge of good and evil," which was situated in the "garden of Eden." This seems to me as though it may be an artefact of translation from Hebrew, ...
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“But most importantly, your philosophy is what is the most appealing to me.” How do I avoid the repetition of “most”?

But most importantly, your philosophy of XXX is what is the most appealing to me. I am doing some formal writing. I need to express both the meaning of "most importantly" and "most appealing" in ...
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Do I have to repeat a verb before and after “and”?

I am writing an essay and I am stuck with this sentence The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and choosing me as vice-president. is this correct or should it be The ...
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Avoiding repetitive sentences when referring to the authors of a system

I realize that the name title is rather bad, but I didn't know how to put it more precisely. I'm writing my thesis in English, as a non-native speaker. I have a couple of systems that I need to be ...
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What is the correct form: two verbs with direct and indirect objects

I am unsure about the correct way of writing two parallel verbs and the objects (direct and indirect), when these objects are the same pronoun. Which of these are correct? Feel free to copy or ...
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About “polyptoton”

I am struggling with these phrase and sentences. Please translate in plain English or can you make it easy to understand. 1) Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds. 2) Tut, tut! Grace me ...
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Is it okay to use “doesn’t” twice in one sentence? [closed]

I wonder if it's okay to use "doesn't" twice in one sentece. Example I think that she doesn't do something and it doesn't something... Should I split it or it's completely correct? I mean two ...
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What type of repetition is this sentence?

‘Tut, she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him! I'll tell you, Sir Lucentio: when the priest Should ask, if Katharina should be his wife, 'Ay, by gogs-wouns,' quoth he; and swore so loud, ...
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Repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives

Sindbad was a rich and a famous sailor. Sindbad was a rich and famous sailor. Which of these are correct? What is the general rule for using articles before a noun with two adjectives?
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Repetition of “and” in a list [closed]

Given the following sentence: I want you to join both the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy documents together by lunch time. Is the repetition of "and" OK? Should I wrap my documents in ...
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Use “with” twice in a sentence [closed]

Is it correct to use "with" twice in this phrase? The ability of the people to acquaint themselves with and work together with ..." Or should I say: "The ability of the people to acquaint themselves ...
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“It is through experiences that you experience the world.” - avoid repetition

"It is through experiences that you experience the world." How can I say the same phrase, either replacing the world "experiences" or "experience"? I was thinking "It is through experiences that you ...
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Can you use the same word twice? [closed]

In the sentence below the word "easy" and "easier" are used. Is it okay to make this sentence? "Because it is easy to make the characters bigger, it's easier to read it."
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Using “to do” twice in a sentence is correct?

Is it correct to use "to do" twice in a sentence? For example: is it correct to say "how to do that and when to do that is a problem" or should it be "how to do that and when doing that is a problem"? ...
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usage of dissimilar

This sentence is grammatically correct. But does it make sense to use word dissimilar to avoid repetition of different here? the results would be absolutely dissimilar if there is any slight ...
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Avoid repetition of the word “contain”

What I wrote is: "However, just as any other data carrier, images not only contain important data, but also such of lesser significance to us. " I want to say that images not only contain important ...
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Can we use “yours” twice in succession?

Can we use yours twice in succession? As in: My sign governs my style; and yours, yours. Any other possible usage? Is my example otherwise grammatically correct?
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Too many “and's” [closed]

Is there a way to somehow change this sentence without making it longer? "Our brain is a truly fascinating and complex organ and even though neuroscientists and cognitive scientists are only ...
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Is it correct to use “of” in this manner? [closed]

For the following sentence: We request that they identify a faculty sponsor from the pertinent department to ensure awareness of activities of interest. Would this be the proper way to use "of" ...
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Don't you do this vs Don't do this

Could anyone clarify, please, what the difference between these two sentences is? I heard an American woman say to her child: "Don't you do this!"
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Excesive instances of citing or making reference to something

What is the word for the act of repetitively making ad nauseam reference to something, or citing it to the point that either it annoys or it becomes trite?
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What term describes the replacement of a full description of an object with a reference to one of its specific features? [duplicate]

What term in literary analysis describes the process in which we replace the full description of an object with a reference to just one aspect of it, e.g. 'It is a Rembrandt' instead of 'It is a ...
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Repetition of the pronoun “I” [closed]

For an introduction to an essay I'm writing, I say the following: My hand was shaking. I opened the email, and began to read the first line. I only needed to see those first two words: “We’re ...
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Is repeating the word “that” ok, if it is technically, grammatically correct? [duplicate]

E.g.: "... with all the sustainability considerations that that entails." If I'm correct, the above example is relative pronoun followed by pronoun - it just happens to be the same word for both ...
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Using “of” twice in a sentence

Is it correct to use of twice in the following sentence? The problem of absence of remote facilities is addressed in the article... What is the best way of writing this sentence?
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“The problem is he is stingy”

I have this sentence: The problem is he is very stingy with his money. But I feel it sounds weird or even wrong with the two ises so close. Is the sentence structure grammatical? If it isn't, ...
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Term for sentences using multiple repeated words

Is there a term to describe the repeated usage of the same word in a sentence. Repetition is probably too broad for this, as it does not quite capture the deliberate and multiple nature of the ...
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A literary term meaning reversed repetition?

A quote from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss lists "actors and acrobats, musicians and hand magicians, jugglers and jesters" My first thought on reading it was that "hand magicians and ...
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Word repetition when a word is part of more words [closed]

The output consists of the category bar and the navigation bar. How do I prevent the word repetition of bar in the English language? Is it the following? The output consists of the category ...
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Should the preposition 'by' be used before all the gerunds if there are more than one? [duplicate]

Is this grammatically and syntactically correct? … by a) studying and b) helping – or should it be: … a) by studying and b) by helping
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Repetition of the type : adjective1+ noun or adjective2 + noun

The question seems simple but so far I do not have a response. I'm wondering how to avoid the following type of repetition : adjective1+ noun or adjective2 + noun For instance (2 examples) : 1- ...
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What is a word called that consists of a repetition of one word?

What is a word called that consists of a repetition of one word? I came across the word polypoly in one of the other question asked on the site, and it got me thinking whether there are other ...
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Repeating phrases like “There are questions after questions after…”

What is the correct way of punctuating repeating phrases in a sentence? Are commas and semicolons required? Example: "There are questions after questions after questions after questions on page ...
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“My” twice in a sentence

To settle a disagreement, is the following sentence grammatically correct? It's slowing my paying my debts off.
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What is the word for a phrase repeated over and over?

I remember learning such a word in my studies of drama and poetry. I am referring to the following example, I want to deconstruct the IBM commercial directed by Jim Henson. ...
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Is it grammatical to have duplicate 'it'?: __ it it __

Is it grammatically correct to use the word it twice in a row? When doing so, do you have to separate the two using a comma? If there are different situations please use examples. My examples: ...
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When should I repeat the definite article?

I am a bit confused about the rule of setting the definite article in a sentence when it is associated to two nouns. The beginning and end of the channel. The beginning and the end of the ...
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How can this sentence be correct?

I read the following sentence in a book and could not in any way justify the correctness of the sentence. Please help: Most states impose limitations on the authority of the legislature to borrow ...
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“What I have, I give [it to] others”

Can I say "What I have, I give others", or do I have to say "What I have, I give it to others"? In the latter case, the object is repeated: 'it' and 'what I have'.
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Repeat “on” in a list?

Consider the following sentences. My question is: which one is grammatically correct? (If neither is, what is the correct formulation?) [the name of a chapter], in which he summarizes his past ...
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Strange sentence structure from a piece by Paula Gunn Allen

This lesson is in a pattern book. I want to know why the word about is repeated quite a few times in the text: My mother told me stories about cooking and childbearing; she told me stories ...
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How to avoid this repetition

I have the following sentence: He grabbed the Duke's shoulder and turned him to face him. Without pronouns for disambiguation of the two occurrences of "him": Vigil grabbed the Duke's ...
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Can I use “that that” in a sentence? [duplicate]

A question was asked in the meta of Skeptics.SE about an old question and the OP said that the question would be closed if posted today. I wanted to ask them why do they think that the question would ...
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A “friend” friend? Is that ironical?

Here is a quote from the "Lois & Clark" series: A: Who are you? B [a guy]: I'm a friend of her ["her" is another female character whom B is looking for]. A: A boyfriend, a "friend" friend ...
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Is there a formal name for when the same word appears twice (or more) in a row?

Sometimes I read, write or speak a sentence where a single word appears twice in a row. For example: The book he had had a torn cover. I was curious if there was a formal term for such a ...
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What is the term for the double consecutive use of a word with stress on one of the words to alter its severity?

What is the term when a word is used consecutively twice, with intentional stress placed on the first word, as a means to alter the severity of the word's meaning? I am not referring to a past ...
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Is it not repetition to say “semantic meaning”?

I was going through an article on wikipedia and somewhere it said, "the semantic meaning of [noun here] is twofold ......" When I look up the word semantic, to me, it is like a defining word that ...
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Can we use two pronouns side by side?

While writing an essay, I felt the need to write two "her"s simultaneously: Jane had taken the book from Ann five months ago, and hence felt the need to return her her book as soon as possible. ...