For example,

To further strengthen my graduate school application, I studied Spanish in Argentina for a semester.

The wording seems redundant and awkward to me, but it's common and I'd like some SE users' input.

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    Is this a sentence that you intend to include in your written application, or did you write it in some other context? – Terpsichore Mar 31 '14 at 16:01
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    It may or may not be redundant depending on context. But even if it's redundant, it's not incorrect, merely redundant. – RegDwigнt Mar 31 '14 at 20:36

You could strengthen your application by doing X, but the next step would be to further strengthen it by doing Y.

Most of the time, strengthen would be more than adequate to use in these examples, but if you're providing a list of things to help your application, then the second, third, and fourth things you did may be further actions.


No, it's not. It's like saying,

I want to improve my computer skills. But once you do that, you can say,

I want to further improve my computer skills.

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