Is it common in English to use one word twice, for instance, is it true to say: "the following photo is the photo of our previous home" or is it better to use the sentence below : "the following is the photo of our previous home" Thank you in advance

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A sensible rule of thumb is to repeat a word when clarity requires it, but to avoid doing so if you can, for the sake of elegance.

Here, you can be both clear and concise:

"The following photo is of our previous home".

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    Even better, use active voice: "The following photo shows our previous home." Nov 10, 2014 at 2:33
  • @M.K.Hunter - Agreed.
    – Erik Kowal
    Nov 10, 2014 at 2:33

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