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Questions tagged [redundancy]

Questions about redundant constructions, pleonasms, etc.

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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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“PIN Number” — why do we say it?

We often say "PIN Number", this is part of everyday conversation. But why? PIN stands for Personal Identification Number, so what we're actually saying is Personal Identification Number Number. Is ...
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Unnecessary pronouns: “The President he issued…”

Is it now considered acceptable to follow a proper noun with a pronoun? E.g. The President he issued a new executive order.
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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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“Within” and “in” when referring to time

I know that both can mean "inside" but what I don't have clear is whether both mean the same when talking about time. For example: The party is in two days = The party is within two days ?? ...
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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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Is the phrase “please kindly” redundant?

The colleagues in my office often send email starting with "Please kindly". Are the two phrases a bit redundant?
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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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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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Examples of “ATM Machine” silly repeats? [closed]

Swedes often say CD Skiva as in Compact disk disk. In English you sometimes say ATM machine as in Automated teller machine machine. What are other examples of such redundant endings?
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that had -> having?

I want to make this sentence shorter: Also, items that had poor parameter estimates were removed from the analysis. Is it correct to turn that had into having? Also, items having poor parameter ...
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Is “very crucial” redundant?

This came up as a multiple-choice question in an exam. Is using "very crucial" redundant?. . . or tautology?
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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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Ambiguous pronouns

I have a statement like The performance of the proposed scheme, and its dependence on … Here, ‘it’ can refer to either the performance of the scheme, or the scheme itself. I changed the statement ...
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“May or May Not” Redundancy

I may or may not contact you later. Isn't this redundant? Unless I'm missing something, the meaning can be expressed equally well with: I may contact you later. Or even: I might contact you ...
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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 start a sentence with “with” in English?

Is it correct to use with at the beginning of a sentence? Here's an example sentence: With the development of the economy, living standards improved. To my eyes this looks unnatural; I would ...
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“Currently online now”

About 12,600,000 results in Google for this exact phrasing: "Currently online now". Is it a kind of online jargon? It sounds redundant to me; shouldn't it be either "currently" or "now"? Examples ...
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Is it redundant to say that something is “clearly evident”?

Here's a sentence: "The volume of resources invested is clearly evident." Is this redundant?
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How to avoid repeating a word already contained in “RAID”?

I was recently answering a question on Super User about RAID. In this context RAID means "redundant array of independent (or inexpensive) disks". I wanted to point out to fellow user that he should ...
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Is it wrong to say “Music Concert”?

Concerts, by definition, feature music. Isn't specifying a concert to be a music concert needlessly redundant?
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Isn't it redundant to use “then” after “if”?

Since "if P, Q" is grammatical, is it not the case that the "then" in "if P, then Q" is redundant? Where P and Q are clauses. For example, "if it rains today, the road shall be wet tomorrow" is ...
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Why is “safe haven” used so frequently, by those who should know better? [closed]

A haven is a place that is safe. So, "safe haven" is redundant. Shockingly, several state legislatures have even passed laws for dropping off babies with no penalty; these laws are usually referred ...
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“most common after” vs. “second most common after”

I have this sentence: iOS is the second most commonly used smartphone operating system in the World. And to name the most common, I write: iOS is the second most commonly used smartphone ...