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I have a sentence where I want to say I will use couple of terms to refer to the same thing. Is the first sentence correct? or do I need to clarify that they convey the same meaning as in the second sentence?

Throughout the paper, we will use the terms: X, Y, and Z interchangeably.

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Throughout the paper, we will use the terms: X, Y, and Z interchangeably, but they convey the same meaning.

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    The second sentence is tautological (meaning it includes a useless restatement of something that has already been said). If you are using words, or placeholders interchangeably, then by definition, you expect them to convey the same meaning. The first sentence reads fine. – Gary Mar 2 '18 at 13:51
  • Gay is right, but note that in technical writing, a certain amount of redundancy of information is considered desirable to aid reader retention. – docwebhead Mar 2 '18 at 14:26
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    The colon should not be used for listed items in running text. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 2 '18 at 14:41

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