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Questions tagged [repetition]

Questions about repeating a given word in a phrase, sentence, or short passage of text.

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Is it correct to say “What makes ours the best service?”

Could I say: "What makes ours the best service" If I wanted to avoid repeating the word service, as in: "What makes our service the best service" AND if I didn't want to say: "What makes our ...
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Do you need to repeat the word “sector” for clarity in this sentence?

Is the following sentence okay as is, or is it necessary to repeat the word "sector" to make clear you mean "private sector and public sector organizations."? Trust in private and public sector ...
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Is it correct to simplify common verbs in an ordered sentence?

Today, I came across a sentence pattern in a well-accepted technical document, as follows: Their X1 are too A1, their X2 too A2, and their X3 too A3. Is it correct to use only one are in this ...
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Should repeated words after an ellipsis be capitalized?

I've searched everywhere, including questions about whether to capitalize after a stutter (no), capitalize after an ellipsis (no if it's a continuation of a sentence, yes if it's a new sentence), but ...
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Differentiate between different types of…: is it acceptable in written English?

Would be acceptable in written (academic paper) English to write "Differentiate between different types of ...". I once was harshly criticized when I wrote in the paper: "Participants experienced the ...
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Comparative studies of examples of epizeuxis

Epizeuxis is a rhetorical device which is defined as involving immediate or close repetition of a word or phrase - 'Break, break, break, On thy cold grey stones, O sea!' (Tennyson) or 'There's a fox, ...
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On repeating adjectives

Consider the following sentence: Oh you think this speech is insulting? Don't worry, it gets much more (insulting). How should I phrase this sentence? Can I omit the second occurrence of the ...
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Láska skala - English word play exists? [closed]

In Slovak language there are these two words: láska (love) and skala (rock) If you keep repeating any of above words, it kind of merges into another one, e.g.: la[skala][skala]ska... ska[laska][...
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Are there too many their in my sentence?

Travelling around the world for tourism and business gave me the chance to meet many people in developing countries. When I hear about their lives in their home countries, I can relate to their desire ...
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A question about the phrase “What it actually is”

I was writing something on Reddit, and I was casually checking my writing when I realized I had forced myself into a particularly strange situation. I was making an argument where I first established ...
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Is the successive use of “to” in any sentence grammatically correct?

I am wondering whether there is any correct use of "to" successively, one after another, in any English sentence. Here is an example: Our team is too accustomed to following the process everyone ...
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Repetition of “their”

I'm currently translating from French to English and can't decide how to translate a sentence without the repetition of their being weird. All around the world States are thinking about and are ...
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Same preposition twice in a row

Does it sound OK to a native ear when a preposition is repeated like this? I want to move in in the first week of August. – where the first in is part of move in and the second in is part of in the ...
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Whether to repeat “is” when connecting two clauses

Consider the following sentence: Atomania is a rare disorder characterized by multiple episodes of deliberate and purposeful mischief-making and is associated with significant psychosocial ...
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How to avoid repeating “her” three times in one short sentence?

Habib’s talent reminds her family of her late grandmother on her father’s side. It seems like I shouldn't remove any yet it doesn't look good this way.
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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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Repeated prepositions (e.g. of)?

Is it okay or "natural" to repeat a preposition multiple times within the same clause? For example: The level of risk of investing that stock is ascending. Versus, The risk level of that stock ...
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What is the literary device used in “She’s not just showing you what she made. She’s showing you what she’s made of”

What is the literary device used in “She’s not just showing you what she made. She’s showing you what she’s made of” At first, I thought it was chiasmus, but it does not really fit. Certain that it ...
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The double “for”

The last thing I wanted to have happen was for some to become upset and for cold feelings to come within us and ruin our will to cooperate. Is the second "for", before "cold", required?
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Any 'principled' way to avoid “of the … of the” repetitions?

(edit/update) Consensus emerging from the comments seems to be that (a) this type of 'repetition' is barely noticed by native speakers, possibly due to (b) the (internal) pronunciation of the first '...
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What is the term for repeating the same word twice or more to create a new meaning altogether?

For example, "rabbit rabbit" is a phrase to be uttered first thing in the morning on the first day of the month for good luck all month long. The origin of the phrase has to do with rabbits bringing ...
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What is the term for when one word or phrase appears directly above the same word or phrase in a paragraph?

I have read and written countless sentences within in a paragraph where a word or phrase is repeated in use and its second use appears directly beneath the first use in the visual paragraph whether or ...
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Other examples of or name of an indefinitely repeating phrase in a sentence

I'm looking for other examples of or the name of this kind of structure from The Stanley Parable: "The end is never the end is never the end is never the end is never the end is never the end is ...
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Can you end one sentence with a word like 'biodiversity' and start the next sentence with the very same word, 'biodiversity'?

Is it possible to end a sentence with some word and then begin the next sentence with the same word? For example, The health of the environment is measured by its biodiversity. Biodiversity is .. ...
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When to use a comma and a semi-colon when a word is repeated (repetition). [duplicate]

I'm confused with when to use a comma or semi-colon when a word is repeated for emphasis because it's a general rule if you are to write two independent sentences together, they must have a ...
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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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Double appearance of the same verb [closed]

Below is the sentence in question, in which the same verb occurred twice with only one auxiliary between them: Most particles passed straight through, but those that were deflected were deflected ...
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Repetition and Refrain in literature

What are the differences between "Repetition and Refrain in literature? and I've looked up some of the examples and sometimes they both hard to recognize which one is Repetition and Refrain. How do i ...
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avoid repetition of “information” [closed]

I am writing letter of confirmation and I don`t know how to avoid repetition of word information in these sentences: Thank you for this information. I am writing to confirm that I received ...
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Does repetition in the following sequence of words display symbolism, emphasis, or both? [closed]

The sequence is "How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck would?" I am wondering if repetition, particularly of the word "wood", would display symbolism or any other kind of ...
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Avoiding language repetition: grammar still ok? [closed]

I'm not native, but feel that the following text proposed by my collaborator The elements of Pluto are of interest, among other reasons, because Pluto has a large eccentricity, Pluto has a large ...
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List of goals, should I repeat “to”? [closed]

I have a simple question. I need to describe a small list of goals. Let's say I have three: to develop my language learning skills to speak french fluently with friends to read books in italian. I ...
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repetition of words: how to merge

You understand that a good brand strategy and a strong advertisement strategy are the bases of a succesful advertising campaign. How would one avoid the repetition of strategy? ...a strong brand ...
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Question about repeating words [closed]

What do you call it when the last word of a multi-word concept/noun is the first word of another concept/noun, such as "Justin Timberlake front property" or "Ken Bone Thugs n Harmony."
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What does “fewer and fewer” mean? [closed]

What does the idiom "fewer and fewer" mean? Does it mean seldom or step by step?
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“Blending artistic creativity with technical creativity” - can the first creativity be omitted? [closed]

I believe the following phrase is incorrect: We’re all about blending artistic with technical creativity. and the correct version should be: We’re all about blending artistic creativity with ...
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Repeating word “Professor” in a list of professors in US [closed]

If I am writing a formal academic text that includes a list of professors, how should I write it? For example, The committee finds that Prof. X, Prof. Y, and Prof. Z have contributed to the area. ...
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Is there a semantic difference in two repeated sentences quoted from a book?

This is a quote from "Clean Code"--a quite renowned book by Robert C. Martin: The Total Cost of Owning a Mess If you have been a programmer for more than two or three years, you have probably ...
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What is the technical term for an infinite sentence?

Is there a name for the infinite (repeating, unending) sentence or paragraph? Here is an example of what I mean: Joe Blow is a chef, painter, author and vocalist from San Francisco who enjoys vinyl ...
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Avoiding repetition

The original sentence is : Here the plus and minus signs refer to the potential with lower right well and to the potential with lower left well, respectively. How should I avoid repeating the ...
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“Pass under an overpass” alternative

For directions to my house, I'd like to use the phrase: Pass under an overpass in front of you. However, it sounds weird with twice "pass", "over" and "under" etc. Is there any better alternative ...
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Should repeated capital letters remain capitalised?

When one wants to emphasise stress on a particular part of a word by repeating letters, if one of those letters is a capital, should it remain capitalised? For example, would someone calling out the ...
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Rhetoric: Repetition of prefix

In terms of rhetoric devices, what's it called when the prefixes of consecutive words are the same? Specifically, I am looking at this quote by Winston Churchill made in his speech - Give Us the Tools:...
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“All there is is light” - repeating the word “is”

The sentence in question: All there is is light. The sentence appears in a context of a novel, where a great flash of light is described. "All there is..." is meant to describe the fact that the "...
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Philosophical idea for repetition of doing things leads to loss of interest in subject?

I am searching for a term that refers to doing something will eventually result in boredom from that something.
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Removing repetition [closed]

I have a sentence: "As she reaches an inch from your face, something burning inside you (love) caused you to raise your arms and envelop her slim figure." "inside you caused you" sounds repetitive. I ...
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Required to repeat 'is' when specifying two attributions?

I am seeing that I often leave out copula when connecting two clauses. Like: A notation is fixed but the performance variable. I have the feeling this is a mistake coming from my German mother ...
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Repeat Adverb in a list or is one time enough?

[1] ...., which is less efficient and secure against ... [2] ...., which is less efficient and less secure against ... Is it necessary to mention "less" two times as shown in version [2] or is ...
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Avoid repetition

I want to avoid the repetition of the words "mutual information" in the following sentence: "where I(X_i;X_j|Y) and I(X_i;X_j) denote, respectively, the conditional mutual information and the mutual ...
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Is there a name for the repetitious use of the word “of”?

In the Bible, one can read about "the tree of knowledge of good and evil," which was situated in the "garden of Eden." This seems to me as though it may be an artefact of translation from Hebrew, ...