I came across this text in an article and I thought something about it interrupted my reading flow:
"They've also shown an inability to close when they get close,..."
The context is about particular professional golfers who struggle with making a strong finish in a tournament (closing out the event) when they are near (close) to the lead.
I don't think there is an issue with the sound of the words or their meaning, but seeing the exact same word twice so close together but with different meanings feels sort of clunky.
If I were an editor (and there's probably a good reason I'm not), I would change one "close" to a different word.
My question is: Is this formally considered bad style?
I'm curious to hear 3 different types of answers:
- opinions (my opinion is that this is clunky and should be avoided)
- references to formal English language material, similar to The Elements of Style (I don't recall this topic being addressed there)
- professional experience in a distinct writing domain eg local news reporting or publishing academic papers