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Questions about redundant constructions, pleonasms, etc.

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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 “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 “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 there redundancy in saying that something “can be a potential risk”?

I often read of "potential risks". This moved further into the realm of uncertainty with "can be a potential risk" in a recent, scientific magazine. Given that measurements of risk incorporate 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 the phrase “consistently inconsistent” redundant and does it have a single word?

I stumbled on this phrase today, but have seen it in news articles and blogs, as well. Here's an example from this site: To put it mildly, the result of exercise was and remains consistently ...
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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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Avoiding possible redundancy in referring to the age range of individuals

"What do children aged/ages 5 to 11 years old know about the sun?" I truly believe there is something a tad... non-normative about constructions like "children ages 5 to 11 years old" or "children ...
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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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Deprivation and privation

"Deprivation" and "privation" seem to have the same meaning: the denial of material essentials or comforts. Isn't the prefix "de-" redundant? Is there a difference, either in literal usage or ...
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Do you need the “why” in “That's the reason why”? [duplicate]

I often hear people say things like “That's the reason why I....” As far as I know, “That's the reason I...” would still be grammatically correct, but I can't find anything stating one way or the ...
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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 “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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Is “the general public” redundant?

Is "the general public" redundant? Or is it different from "the public"?
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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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The use of “exact same”

My English teacher feels very strongly that exact same is redundant and therefore incorrect. I disagree with her. She feels that exact should be used in place of exact same, but I have rarely heard ...
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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 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 the “will” in “can and will” necessary?

Anyone who's ever seen much American film or television has heard some variation of the following sentences countless times: You have the right to remain silent. If you choose to give up that ...
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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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“Two dead found dead”

Is it proper English to say 'Two dead found dead' like we read in the breaking news below?
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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 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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Additionally … also

[disclosure: I'm not a native speaker of English] I work as a university professor. When writing up lecture notes as well as research papers, I have a tendency to write things like the following. ...
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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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“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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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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Can a hyphen be used without anything on the right side?

From this page: [...] in early parts of this century when it was the most user- and hardware-friendly Linux operating system available [...] Is the user- fragment valid (outside this technical/...
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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 prefixing “old” before the word “adage” correct or not? [closed]

Is it correct to say "old adage" or simply the word "adage" itself is enough because most of the adages are old?
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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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What does “cyber-” actually mean?

I'm heading into the postgraduate phase of my Computer Science-oriented studies, and I can't put my finger on what this root means. According to Etymology Online it comes from Cybernetics, which in ...
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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 the second last “shipping” necessary?

From this question, This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships. The second to last word shipping seems to be redundant. Is it necessary? Does the sentence still preserve the same ...
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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 “Needless to say” ever worth saying? [closed]

I get a weird twinge in my stomach whenever I have the urge to write "Needless to say." If it's needless to say, it would seem stupid to say it. Am I right? Am I wrong?
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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 ...