I want to write:

X necessarily has to contain a lie.

Am I in the wrong?

  1. Should I drop the "has to", since "necessarily" already bears that meaning? I.e. should it be like this instead:

    X necessarily contains a lie.

  2. Or the contrary; perhaps the "has to" part is obligatory?
  3. Finally, maybe it's just a matter of preference?

In my own language, these kind of semantic repetitions are shunned. So I kind of want to go for the #1. Then, I have a sense of English that tells me to use #2.

If it is #3, then I'm also open for recommendations and personal preferences. Please, do note that it is your personal preference in that case.

  • “Has to” is not obligatory. You’re fine , and maybe more accurate, to drop it. – whiskeychief Sep 8 '19 at 3:38

As far as I can see, "necessarily" and "has to" say the same thing, so you do not need both. Having both is an example of (grammatical) tautology: this does not make it ungrammatical, but some people prefer to avoid it.

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