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

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Repeating word “Professor” in a list of professors in US

If I am writing a formal academic text that includes a list of professors, how should I write it? For example, The committee finds that Prof. X, Prof. Y, and Prof. Z have contributed to the area....
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What’s a “ ‘friend’ friend”, and is that meant to be ironic? [duplicate]

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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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 there a semantic difference in two repeated sentences quoted from a book?

This is a quote from "Clean Code"--a quite renowned book by Robert C. Martin: The Total Cost of Owning a Mess If you have been a programmer for more than two or three years, you have probably ...
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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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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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Why do some people say “the reason is is that,” with “is” twice in a row?

Does anybody have any conjectures as to why this quirk is so common? For an example, see this TED talk by Kevin Slavin.
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What is the technical term for an infinite sentence?

Is there a name for the infinite (repeating, unending) sentence or paragraph? Here is an example of what I mean: Joe Blow is a chef, painter, author and vocalist from San Francisco who enjoys vinyl ...
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“Talk to you then then”

I am talking to a friend on the phone and the conversation is somewhat incomplete but we decide to hang up. Before hanging up, he says "I'll see you tomorrow". Would it be grammatical to reply, OK,...
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Avoiding repetition

The original sentence is : Here the plus and minus signs refer to the potential with lower right well and to the potential with lower left well, respectively. How should I avoid repeating the ...
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“Pass under an overpass” alternative

For directions to my house, I'd like to use the phrase: Pass under an overpass in front of you. However, it sounds weird with twice "pass", "over" and "under" etc. Is there any better ...
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Should repeated capital letters remain capitalised?

When one wants to emphasise stress on a particular part of a word by repeating letters, if one of those letters is a capital, should it remain capitalised? For example, would someone calling out the ...
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Rhetoric: Repetition of prefix

In terms of rhetoric devices, what's it called when the prefixes of consecutive words are the same? Specifically, I am looking at this quote by Winston Churchill made in his speech - Give Us the Tools:...
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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. http://www.wired.com/...
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“All there is is light” - repeating the word “is”

The sentence in question: All there is is light. The sentence appears in a context of a novel, where a great flash of light is described. "All there is..." is meant to describe the fact that the "...
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Philosophical idea for repetition of doing things leads to loss of interest in subject?

I am searching for a term that refers to doing something will eventually result in boredom from that something.
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Removing repetition [closed]

I have a sentence: "As she reaches an inch from your face, something burning inside you (love) caused you to raise your arms and envelop her slim figure." "inside you caused you" sounds repetitive. I ...
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Correct usage of the verb “do”

Is it correct to use the word "do" twice in a row? For instance; "I do do that" or would you say "I do that"? "You do do that" or "You do that"? Which is correct, or are they both correct?
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Required to repeat 'is' when specifying two attributions?

I am seeing that I often leave out copula when connecting two clauses. Like: A notation is fixed but the performance variable. I have the feeling this is a mistake coming from my German mother ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to avoid that “that that” that is so very awkward

In all seriousness, are there any common patterns or strategies people use to avoid having to write a sentence in which "that that" appears? For example: Evidential decision theory recommends ...
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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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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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Is “princessship” a real word? Are there any other words which have the same letter 3 times consecutively?

One of my friends argues that princessship is the only word which has 3 identical letter comes together (s) ,but I think there is no word such as princessship. Can anyone tell me whether this is a ...
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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. ...
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Is the word “that” overused? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use of “that” in a sentence Is it wrong or in bad form to constantly use the word "that" when it can be omitted? The test that she took was so difficult ...
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Appearance of “is is” in speech patterns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “The thing is, is that…” Why do some people say “the reason is is that,” with “is” twice in a row? For the past few years I've been noticing a curious phenomenon. People ...
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Is 'this this' correct?

The ability to echo words and still make a meaningful statement has always bugged me. Take this example sentence: "Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. We will take care of this this ...
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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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Is there a term for using a word twice in a row, but in a grammatically-appropriate way?

For example: "I could tell he had had a great time at the circus." If you're not repeating the word for emphasis, is there a term for the sequential usage, other than "coincidence"?
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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 pattern....
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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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How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem

Have you ever had a case where you felt compelled to include strange things like a double that in a sentence? If so, then what did you do to resolve this? For me, I never knew whether it was ...
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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" ...