Journalists and other speakers use the construction "He, She, They returned back." This seems redundant to me.

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    "If returned is not a word" . . . it is a word, but is not used as in your context, but "They returned." Or you could say "They turned back." However, you haven't quoted your sources :) Commented Jul 10 at 17:29
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    What journalists? Sometimes people make mistakes in connected speech.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 10 at 17:35
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    What does the title have to do with the question?
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jul 10 at 17:46
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    Is your question about the difference between "to return" and "to return back"?
    – alphabet
    Commented Jul 10 at 18:48
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    'Return back' is a redundancy with probably no redeeming features. But 'if returned is not a word ...' is on a par with 'if dog is not a word ...'. Commented Jul 10 at 19:05


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