Questions tagged [pleonasms]

Questions about various types of redundant expressions and constructions in English.

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"Protective armor" Why does such a word combination exist?

Why does such a word combination as "Protective armor" exist? Is there non-protective armor? Please, explain if there is some nuance.
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"It is ___ that/who + verb." pleonasm vs. "___ + verb."

Is there a place for using these pleonasms: "It is John who runs." (instead of: "John runs.") "It was congress that legislated." (instead of: "Congress legislated.&...
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Can you use "adequately" and "well"?

I ran across this clause and I’m wondering if it’s okay to use "adequately" and "well" together. I think of "well" as being more than adequate, so does "adequate" contradict or seriously undermine the ...
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Is "to dovetail seamlessly" a redundant pleonasm that should be avoided?

Here is my sentence. English obviously not being my first language, I am unsure about this construction. Written shortly after the publication of the second edition, the text seamlessly dovetails ...
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Are all 'prospects' always 'potential' by their nature?

When using the word 'prospect' is it ok to combine it with the word 'potential' or is it unnecessary, since all the 'prospects' are indeed always 'potential'? Can / should we say 'potential prospects'...
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Is 'diverse range' a pleonastic phrase?

I am just curious as to whether 'diverse range' is pleonastic because a range implies that there are already different things, which implies diversity. Is it redundant to modify 'range' with 'diverse'...
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Is is correct to say "future prospects"? [closed]

Prospect means the likelihood of a future event occurring. Although I have seen this many times, even in my questions for an essay, or as the name of a company, I doubt about the usage of this ...
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Is the term 'analytical analysis' pleonasm? [closed]

I'm working on a paper and I have two kinds of analyses. The first one uses numerical simulations and the other one uses a formula I compare to the numerical results. I call the first method '...
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Is the term "Dead bodies" incorrect? [closed]

Recently, a guest faculty at our college delivered a lecture on the most commonly made errors in English. He pointed out the following sentence: There were 5 dead bodies. He said that the above ...
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is newspeak in close proximity to the present trend? [closed]

I can't think of a way to question the use of the phrase "close proximity" without expressing an opinion or asking for one (and that applies both to the specific case of this phrase and wider ...
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Are these wordiness defects cases of syntactic pleonasm?

While critiquing a certain document, I noticed frequent instances of a kind of wordiness. Whereas I could have simply corrected each instance, I wanted to cite for the writer a general rule for ...
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Proceed vs. Proceed further/ahead- Redundancy

In a training session on Business English, the instructor often said, proceed and proceed further, usually, after a pause by the speakers or whenever he interrupted. Examples: I ...
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Is "landscape filled with nature" a pleonasm?

Does the sentences "landscape" and "landscape filled with nature" mean the same thing? In other words, does a landscape always have to have nature in it?
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Is "a major overhaul" pleonasm?

Is it correct to say "a major overhaul", or the meaning of "major" is actually included in the meaning of "overhaul", thus a combination of these two words is a pleonasm?
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Is "eclectic combination" a pleonasm?

Doesn't the term eclectic also describe a mix/combination? Is it correct to use this expression?
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"Any way, shape, or form"

"[In] any way, shape, or form" is a rhetorical idiom, in which shape and form tend to function as intensifiers. It is normally used for emphasis where the non-idiomatic phrases "[in] any way" or "[in] ...
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Is “final intention” a pleonasm?

I'm proofreading a report and stumbled on this in the following form: His final intention is to create a large flying city. Is “final intention” a pleonasm in this sentence (or always)?
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"often" vs. "oftentimes"

“often” vs. “oftentimes” Is “oftentimes” a pleonasm? My current understanding is that “often” denotes frequent occurrence. If “often” communicates frequent occurrence, then what need is there to ...
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Do they call this *it* expletive?

Given the example: Was it then that I thought of Alan? No, earlier. From the very first wave of panic my mind reached out to him. Yes, even then, in the heart of the fear, there was a still small ...
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Is "spatial contiguity" a pleonasm?

I used the terms "spatial contiguity" to emphasise the relation between two objects as opposed to synchronism, i.e. chronological contiguity. I then questioned myself whether or not that would ...
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Is "unexpected repercussion" repetitive?

Is the phrase unexpected repercussion unnecessary redundantly repetitive? When I looked up repercussion I see that unexpected is implicit in its meaning. Should I prefer to say unexpected ...
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Is "best regards" a pleonasm?

If the meaning of regards is best wishes, would not best regards (used to express friendliness in greetings, especially at the end of letters) a pleonasm, in the context of letters? Best regards, ...