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

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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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What does “had had” mean? How does this differ from “had”?

For example, what is the difference between the following two sentences: I had a bad day I had had a bad day
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Using “to” twice in a row

In the sentence "Who should I talk to to learn about that?" my grammar checker says I have a repeated word. I admit that it sounds a little awkward, but I'm not sure it's incorrect. I realize I could ...
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Can you use two “and”s in a sentence?

For example, I like chocolate, vanilla, and lemon and orange ice cream. Indicating "lemon and orange" is a combined flavor, as an item in the list needing an initial and.
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“The thing is, is that…”

This is a phrase I've heard many people use, and it sounds wrong to me; e.g.: The thing about that is, is that she might take it the wrong way. It seems to treat "The thing [...] is"—the entire ...
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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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Transcribing long repeating phone numbers

I always have this problem of telling people my phone number which consists of a series of repeating numbers: 184 555 5555 (DO NOT CALL, this is just as an example) I can tell people it is: ...
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What do we call the “repetition” construct (if it's even proper English)?

I've sometimes seen this construct, used to avoid repetitive handwriting, but I don't even know if it's proper English. If it is, what is the name of this construct? I have no idea what to search for ...
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Is it proper to start a sentence with the word that ended the last sentence?

For example: Instead, you’ll use a higher-level model called ASP.NET AJAX. ASP.NET AJAX gives you a set of server-side components and controls that you can use when designing your web page. This ...
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“Are you sure sure” — is this repetition grammatically correct?

A typical conversation among members of my age demographic could go like this: Person 1: Did you know that x > y?!? Person 2: Are you sure? Person 1: Yeah, I'm sure. Person 2: Are ...
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Is it bad English to have two to's in a row?

For example how would one correct the sentence "what website should I go to to upload the photo?" or is it correct already?
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How to properly write sentence with double words

I commonly come across sentences where I have to write the same word twice such as, This is what I've been looking for for a long time. and in these cases I just try to rewrite the sentence to ...
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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 did the phenomenon of doubling words come about?

I am referring to phrases such as: "Do you like her, or do you like like her." Can someone provide an explanation of this? There are many more examples but none come to mind at the moment.
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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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Rules about prepositions and duplicating 'to'

On occasion, I end up writing sentences that contain a duplicate word, often what is probably a preposition (or better yet, an adposition). The specific example that I just ran into involves a ...
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using had had in a sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “had had” mean? How does this differ from “had”? I had had so many interruptions this morning that I scarcely had done any work or I ...
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Too many “and”s? Is it grammatically correct?

A friend of mine (a non-native speaker of English) has asked me to check her CV and I'm afraid / ashamed to say, I'm having trouble. Are there too many "and"s in the given sentence? It seems OK to ...
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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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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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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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How can you use “either… or” twice in a sentence?

I want to be able to say something like: There either needs to be X to do either Xa or Xb or there needs to be Y. (edit: since from some answers it doesn't seen to be clear, I mean that that Xa ...
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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, ...
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Double words in a sentence, what is this called? [closed]

Trying to find out what double words in a sentence are called. I know there's got to be a word for it. There is for everything! Examples: I had had a good day, until you arrived. We know ...
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How to avoid needless repetition? [closed]

In German, repetition is frowned upon. For example: Instead of the disfavored repetitions Der Professor betreut die Studenten bei der Ausarbeitung der Bachelorarbeiten und Masterarbeiten. ...
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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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Does this sentence call for an additional “for”?

I'm confronted with two compelling options: I want to be at least partially responsible for getting them to think differently, or inspiring them to earnestly investigate new topics. I want to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Multiple “in”s in a sentence [closed]

I always wonder whether the sentences which contain multiple *in*s are proper / a good practice. For example, Edit Ok. May be it was a bad example. Sorry about that. But it's a real question. I ...
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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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“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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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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Enumeration that starts with “in the”

What is grammatically correct? I participated in the math club, in the cycling club and in the computer game design club. or I participated in the math club, the cycling club and the ...
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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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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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“That that” vs. “that” [closed]

Is "that that" or "that, that" redundant in sentences such as this: The reason we are late is that that we had an accident. or The reason we are late is that, that we had an accident. Is ...
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Better use of “that that” — or not [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem I sometimes seem to write myself into using 2 thats in succession, as in: "Now that ...
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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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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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“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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Avoiding repetition — “hallway” [closed]

In many forums, I have seen people keep saying to avoid repetition of the same word in a paragraph. But in the sentence like below, how do you avoid the repetition? Suddenly, the dog stands up and ...
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Repetition of articles in a sentence

The following sentences use more than one adjective for a single noun. She has a black and white cat. It implies that the person involved here has only one cat which is black and white coloured. ...
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Using had twice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “had had” mean? How does this differ from “had”? Is this correct usage? I had had enough food?
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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 ...