I'm curious about whether the phrase "sit back down again" (along with anything similar, like "stand back up again") would be considered a tautology or if another term would be a better fit here. To clarify: I feel plenty confident in saying that it isn't a perfectly grammatical construction (both "sit back down" and "sit down again" are far better options), so my question is specifically regarding what label might fit best in this situation. Again, my educated guess is that it would be a tautology, but I figured I should hear other opinions to be sure!

Any and all help is much appreciated~~ ^^

  • Bear in mind that a tautology is not inherently "wrong". – Hot Licks Apr 17 at 1:45
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    Your premise is faulty. There is nothing ungrammatical or necessarily redundant about the construction of your sentence. I sat down (I sat once), I sat back down (I sat twice), I sat back down again (I sat three times). – Jason Bassford Apr 17 at 5:08

It appears that in the context of grammar, that is indeed a correct use of the word tautology.

Tautology means to state an idea, then state the idea again using different words such as stating, “The autobiography I read was about the author’s life.” Tautology also describes a phrase or idiom in which the same idea is expressed twice using different words, such as the idiom jot or tittle. 1

Another example:

Sometimes a tautology involves just a few words that mean the same thing. Consider the following sentence:

I went to see him personally. 2

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