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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 it wrong?

  • I'd just drop the mutually, it doesn't seem like the right word there. What did you intend it to mean? – Rupe Jun 12 '14 at 13:58
  • Per meta.english.stackexchange.com/a/4722, please ‘never’ use 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚘𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚎𝚡𝚝 or ˋbackticksˋ on ELU. – tchrist Jun 12 '14 at 13:59
  • @tchrist: Any chance you can tell me what I'm missing (a font?) which causes me to only see a dozen "square" symbols in between your use and or there? If it makes any difference, I'm running Google Chrome under Vista. – FumbleFingers Jun 12 '14 at 14:42
  • @FumbleFingers That would be i.stack.imgur.com/YgDYJ.png I believe. – tchrist Jun 12 '14 at 15:42
  • @tchrist: Which I guess means this is relevant, but there are no upvoted answers to that stackoverflow question, and it's not clear to me what I should do anyway. – FumbleFingers Jun 12 '14 at 15:53
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Redundancy is not wrong. Redundancy is merely redundant.

That being said, the statement is not redundant, it is nonsensical. You cannot practice mutually in the first place. You can practice together, though.

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Mutually is unnecessary here. Merriam-Webster has a definition of the base adjective mutual:

directed by each toward the other or the others

But one can't direct the action of practicing toward another, in the same way one can direct, for example, the action of giving a gift. Consider:

I gave a gift to her.
*I practiced a sonata to her.

It is generally only this sort of directed action that can be done mutually.

  • how about "we mutually exchanged gifts" vs "we exchanged gifts together" ? – user13267 Jun 13 '14 at 6:38
  • If my wife and I brought unwanted Christmas presents back to the store in each other's presence, we might be exchanging gifts together. I think. – Matt Gutting Jun 13 '14 at 10:24

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