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Is the phrase “refreshing respite” redundant?

Is the phrase “refreshing respite” redundant? Refreshing is defined as “serving to refresh or reinvigorate someone” Respite is defined as “a short period of rest or relief” Using it in a sentence: “It ...
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Is it redundant to say something "must be necessarily..."?

Is the combined use of must be and necessarily here redundant? Your appearance must be necessarily maintained. I want this statement to be sardonic, so simply "Your appearance must be ...
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Is "viewing something pictorially" redundant?

Say that there is some concept X which I want to expose to the reader to as such: (formal explanation of X) Viewing X pictorially: (depiction of X in an image) An example of X would be a ...
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Is the expression "To date, it's the first..." redundant?

I have read expressions similar to the following multiple times in scientific papers: "Our study is the first to date to prove that..." "To date, our study is the first to..." I ...
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Using room twice

I have a game where an external character can use a room. There is a room known as “War Room”. When the character used the room, like any other, a log will be produced that states “Fred has used the ...
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Why is "from" used in "from henceforth"?

The dictionaries unanimously include the word from in their definitions of henceforth: e.g. M-W: from this point on Henceforth, supervisors will report directly to the manager. Cambridge: starting ...
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Why the "wedded" in "wedded wife"?

Typical wedding vows, per e.g. this website, often have phrasing like this (emphasis mine): [Groom’s name], do you take [Bride’s name] to be your wedded wife, to live together in marriage? Do you ...
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Is "mention in passing" redundant?

The title says it all. Is it redundant to say "mention in passing" given that "mention" means refer to (something) briefly and without going into detail?
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Analysis of this sentence and the "through via" usage within

I had a class today and discussed the usage of these two adjacent prepositions (Can two prepositions be used one after the other? "my guideline and reference in this case") with a student ...
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"... disheartened and humbled as we are,..."?

I wonder if we need as we are in this sentence. In our present state, disheartened by failures and humbled by our weaknesses as we are, it is impossible to win this battle. The presence of In our ...
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Is "the" essential in "The Book of Five Rings"? [closed]

Is the word "the" in the title necessary? Would it make a difference if the title was "Book of Five Rings"? I've seen many "Book of ..." titles, both with and without &...
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Isn't "authorized designee" redundant?

I write and revise policy at work, and I often see the phrase "authorized designee," as in "The Chief Executive Officer or the authorized designee is responsible for ensuring . . ."...
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Is "prune down" correct usage?

Prune meaning to cut down something or chop down. I am writing to a user that I am removing additional permissions from her profile which are irrelevant to her daily work. So would it be correct if I ...
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What does "Find focus on your customers." mean?

I am editing a piece of marketing with the headline "Find focus on your customers." Is it redundant to use "find" with "focus"? I'm not sure I understand what "find ...
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Is the term "next consecutive" redundant in this sentence?

Is the term "next consecutive" redundant in the following sentence? : "This movie will be the next consecutive movie in the series." Referring to the most recent movie that will ...
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How do I maintain the comparison between two things in this sentence without it sounding redundant? [closed]

Consider this sentence: "Like drinking water, bleeding blood is normal." The phrase "bleeding blood" is clearly redundant, but were I to exclude "blood," I would ruin the ...
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Is "from" superflous following "stop" or "prevent"?

I seem to encounter this more from British speakers, but they'll often say something like Protect it from heat to prevent the contents expanding. instead of Protect it from heat to prevent the ...
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How does redundancy work in English? [closed]

In English, there are many tendencies towards what I understand to be redundant. Why do people say expressions like "sit down", "fall down", "jump up": if you were to sit,...
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"Also" and "as well" in the same sentence

Make sure that the keyboard shortcuts are accessible using US keyboard layout (since it guarantees that they will be also accessible using almost any other keyboard layout—e.g., German one—as well). ...
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etc. etc. usage [closed]

Is there any rule to use etc. twice like etc. etc.
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She stole her best friend’s boyfriend (from her)

She stole her best friend’s boyfriend (from her) What is the reason for adding the redundant phrase from her after mentioning that it's her best friend?
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Where vs. In places where

He built cathedrals in places where there were no cathedrals. The New Yorker Many Medicare patients live in places where only one H.M.O. The New York Times What is the trait you most deplore in others?...
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Is it redundant to say "global pandemic"? [duplicate]

It seems that the word pandemic is generally understood to refer to a large or global geographic area. Is it therefore redundant to say "global pandemic" in a sentence such as, "The ...
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Is is correct to use ' we refer to your mail trailing below

Is it correct to use 'we refer to your mail trailing below' or is below redundant here or optional.
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Should I omit the article? Also, is the preposition "of" redundant?

In the sentence below, should I omit the article because "efficiencies" is plural and uncountable? Is the second "of" redundant? How can I make this sentence more concise? The factors that influence ...
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Difference between drawn and haggard [closed]

In the novel Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon, we read: She watched Adam now as he sat at his desk looking drawn and haggard. Dictionaries such as Oxford and Cambridge are showing the same or ...
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Is the expression "specifically tailored" redundant?

I guess the title pretty much covers it, but I'd like to complete the sentence just in case: "The literature seems to lack a treatment specifically tailored to such method"
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Using "test" after TOEIC and TOEFL [duplicate]

Recently, I've seen a few examples of people writing either "I took the TOEIC test" or "I took the TOEFL test". They tend to be ESL students, so I don't want to be a grammar Nazi about it, but for my ...
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Is this an unnecessary "that"?? I'm confused whether or not to add a "that" in specific sentences [duplicate]

"The universally recognized raw text format that any computer can understand." OR "The universally recognized raw text format any computer can understand. This is a definition for a computer ...
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Is it redundant to say "remove the presence of X" instead of "remove X"?

I sometimes come across "remove the presence of", e.g. "remove the presence of these compounds". You can try a Google search for the exact phrase "remove the presence of" (with quotes) and you can see ...
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Long-lasting durability

If a sentence contains 'long-lasting durability,' is it redundant? For example: Robust plastic construction ensures long-lasting durability. Long-lasting and durability, do they mean the same thing? ...
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Is "potential candidates" a tautology?

Is "potential candidates" a tautology? I am not sure whether the potential of succeeding candidacy is implied in the definition of candidacy. Usage: If there are many potential candidates ...
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Referring to a figure

I’m writing a paper that has a number of figures that compare two images, and I’m constantly debating whether it’s necessary to repeat the figure number when I compare those images in the text. For ...
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Why is the "have to" in "must have to" not redundant here?

We can use must have to to say that we conclude something based on what we know about a present situation ... I can't access the database. You must have to put in a password. (= a password is ...
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What is the meaning of "annihilated in detail"?

I ran across the phrase "annihilated in detail" while listening to Professor Garrett G. Fagan's instruction regarding the History of Ancient Rome. This comes from a lecture on Marius and Sulla with ...
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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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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 "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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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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