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Questions tagged [redundancy]

Questions about redundant constructions, pleonasms, etc.

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Is “pre-prepared” redundant?

I've noticed recently the "word" pre-prepared popping up in my daily life, and if my completely selection-biased anecdotes are any evidence, it seems to be catching on. Is there any reason why the '...
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Can this sentenced be better phrased to remove redundancy? [closed]

I am not sure if I am allowed to ask questions like this, but as a foreign speaker, I am confused on how I can rephrase my sentence better. A counseling services specially designed for ...
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Is “new changes” redundant?

"Exam comes with 3 new changes" Three big changes have been introduced in this year's Form Three examination under a new format.
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term for obvious “stuttering” in print

Is there a name for an obviously erroneous duplication of a word in a print medium? For example (with apologies to Mr. Lincoln)" "Four-score and seven seven years ago..." If someone is relatively ...
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Is this good style: “Other than that, we didn’t discover anything else.”

To me, "other than that" and "else" at the end feel redundant. I would cut one or the other.
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Is “really redundant” redundant?

Have been having this argument for a while. Is saying "really redundant" or "very redundant" or something along those lines redundant in and of itself?
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Is it correct to use both “On the other hand” and “instead” in a single sentence?

I have this sentence "On the other hand, you can go to this page instead." but I am not sure if the presence of both On the other hand and instead makes the sentence redundant.
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Can I 'contrive a plan' ? Would it result in redundancy?

For example: 'He contrived a plan to thwart his promotion'. From what I could find , 'contrive' had the meaning 'to invent , devise'. So like we can say that 'He devised a plan'/'He invented a scheme' ...
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Is “alienesque” a redundant form of “alien” as a adjective?

I googled and tried to search words like gigantesque, alienesque, and animalesque so that I could know whether they are informal or redundant forms of giant, alien, and animal, respectively. But not ...
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treacly vs. syrupy in figurative use

I wonder how, if at all, treacly and syrupy in figurative use differ in meaning, register, connotation, or in some other way. The figurative senses are frequently defined synonymously in dictionaries....
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Redundant words — “little bit”

He sandwiches tastier by spreading a little bit of cranberry sauce on the bread. In the above sentence, is "little bit" redundant? Should it be either "little" or "bit"? I checked the pair of words ...
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Is “barista bar” redundant?

I am editing something that mentions a "barista bar." Is this redundant? Is it like saying a "bartender bar"? If I'm not mistaken, a barista is the Italian word for a male or female bartender, and ...
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“May I help the next customer on line.” [closed]

Leaving aside the regional dialect that might cause someone to say "on line" or "in line," isn't the line what establishes who the next customer is -- and so therefore redundant? Wouldn't a simple "...
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Is “time period” a redundant expression?

It seems to me that "time period" is frequently used in speech and writing. But isn't it redundant? These books were written during different time periods These books were written at different times ...
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Is “the general public” redundant?

Is "the general public" redundant? Or is it different from "the public"?
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Is the phrase “mutual trust” redundant?

The phrase is being used in the following sentence: "Always keep your promises and seek to strengthen mutual trust." I feel that the sentence would be better with just "trust", but the person who ...
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redundancy of term age level [closed]

I am compiling a number of programs for different age groups. Should I use the term "age level:" or just "age:" to describe the audience targeted for each program?
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When is the word “where” considered redundant?

As far as I'm concerned, the word “where” is redundant in certain cases. I'm not sure when exactly it's redundant, though. E.g., This is the place where I live. Is it okay to say, “This is the ...
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Is “moreover/further/furthermore/besides/additionally” used together with “also” a redundancy?

I read from The Free Thesaurus that "moreover", "further", "furthermore", "besides", "additionally", as well as "also" are synonyms. So is using one of those words along with an "also" in a style ...
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Is “crucially important” redundant?

I've come across the phrase crucially important many times. More than 100,000 hits on Google Scholar, and it even appears in some of the answers on this site. However, crucial already means "...
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“Leave nothing (left) behind”

In the lyrics for "What are you waiting for" from Disturbed, there is the line: Leave nothing left behind I'm debating whether "left" is superfluous and here only for rythm, or if the expression "...
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Term for describing what you like using particular adjectives

Suppose someone makes statements like these: I like tasty food. I like beautiful pictures. I like well-written dramas / novels / articles / et cetera. I like good music. As you see ...
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Is the phrase “parking garage” redundant?

Is there an instance in which the use of the word "garage" as opposed to "parking garage" would imply something other than a structure where vehicles are parked?
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Is “new update” redundant? [closed]

The sentence is: While different, the sites are becoming more and more alike with each new update. Is "new update" redundant?
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please *kindly* disregard [duplicate]

Not sure if my question is considered redundant to another one that was asked of if "please kindly" generally is a redundant expression. I am curious if "please disregard my message" is polite ...
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Redundant Phrasing

Is is redundant to say that something is "fully intact"? To me, it appears that it is, but I have found it in some reputable sources, such as newspapers.
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How is it called when we follow an acronym with a word already in the acronym? [duplicate]

Example: PIN Number (PIN=Personal Identification Number), no need to repeat number RSVP please (RSVP=Answer please in French), no need to say please again etc.
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Is it redundant to say “percentage of one hundred”?

I have seen the word "percentage" defined as "a number or rate that is expressed as a certain number of parts of something divided into 100 parts". It seems to follow that 50% means "50 parts of ...
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Is it common to end a sentence with “very”?

I've read Practical English Usage by M. Swan to get the notion of ellipsis and find out whether it is possible to make a sentence below but I got to nowhere. It ends with "very" and I'm not sure ...
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Is “may not necessarily be” reduandant or does it differ from “are not necessarily”?

I feel like both "may not" and "not necessarily" contain the idea of possibility. Therefore, I find "may not necessarily" somewhat redundant. I would like to know whether "may not" can always be ...
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Is it redundant to say a 'unique nuance'?

Is it redundant to include 'unique' in this expression if I'm discussing the irregularities of surfers' waves?
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Are cobblers solely in the shoe profession?

No pun intended. A friend posted on social media looking for a "shoe cobbler". I realize cobbler is an antiquated term, but I wanted to know if it was necessary to specify 'shoe'? cobbler OLD-...
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Is “completely” in “completely equal” a redundancy? [closed]

Is "completely" redundant in "Women and men are completely equal"?
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Is “prevent it in the future” redundant?

In the following sentence, is it redundant to say “prevent it in the future”? Deleting “in the future” strikes me as abrupt. Is there anything I could change it to that wouldn’t be redundant? To ...
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Is saying “Specify clearly” redundant? [closed]

Do Specifications have to be clear(understandable/transparent) by definition?. Can a specification be unclear? Is it appropriate to ask for a clear specification?
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Is it redundant to say “they share commonalities?”

Is it redundant to say "they share commonalities?" The sentence is "Separate your list of contacts into groups that share important commonalities."
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Stating two separate facts the same idea, but still keeping them exclusive of one another?

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I wasn't even sure what question to look for. In English, if I said the sentence: I helped clean and prune the garden in the backyard. Of course, ...
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Is it correct to say “Item was succesfully rejected”?

In a web application we need to give a success message to a user saying that the action of rejecting the selected item has been succesful. In this context, is it correct to use the message: Item ...
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Is the use of “alternative options” redundant in this sentence?

Is use of the word "alternative" in the following sentence redundant? After examining the different types of beer on the menue, Joe took several minutes to consider his alternative options before ...
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Necessitate the need?

I was reading an article that stated that a certain weapon "necessitated the need for" more training. To me, this sounds incorrect, as "to necessitate" means "to cause something to be needed" (...
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Preventing the repetition of two predict-originated words in a sentence

I have the following sentence: Researchers have noted the predictive power of features derived from students' activity sequences when predicting if students will stop participating in online ...
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How can you exactly substitute an adverb? (Pun intended) [closed]

Adverbs seem unnecessary, even redundant, to many editors. They suggest replacing an adverb with a stronger, more specific verb. I disagree. Here is a sentence from C. S. Lewis's "Problem of Pain": ...
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Is “recorded history” redundant?

I've heard many times phrases like "this particular thing has been a fact of life throughout recorded history". In fact there is this definition: Recorded history or written history is a ...
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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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How to express “lucky” in formal writing? [closed]

I feel very lucky that I chose CS, and feel even luckier that I went into this field midway in my journey. As an outsider, I am not constrained by rules. Are these sentences authentic English? I feel ...
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Amenable to suggestion

I rather like the phrase "amenable to suggestion" You can attach it to things easily: My political views, amenable to suggestion, ... But I'm afraid it may be redundant. According to this ...
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Is it okay to say: “ … defines me, as me.”

My teacher wrote on the board: "My ability to overthink is what defines me, as me." He asked us to correct the sentence So my correction was, "My ability to overthink is what defines me." I feel as ...
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Do I need another 'which' in this sentence?

I'm trying to make the sentence below sound better: As a first year undergraduate, I am keen to explore possible careers which, I think, would challenge me and (which) would allow me to create ...
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Is saying “herbal tisane” redundant?

In a novel I am reading a character says, I could fix you some herbal tisane. Is this redundant? (And to be picky, does one 'fix' tea?)
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Is using “now” redundant?

Which is correct? It pervades our lives now as it did yesterday. It pervades our lives as it did yesterday. I think the word "pervades" suggests that it is happening now. Adding "now" would be ...