Could you please tell me if there is any difference between repeat and repeat back in the context below?

Do you mind if I repeat the problem's details (back) to you just to make sure I got everything right?

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'Repeat' could just mean to say again what you already said.

'Repeat back' specifically means to repeat what the other person said, often for confirmation that it was correctly received.

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    This is a pretty good way to think of it, although repeat could also mean "to say again what someone else said", like "Johan heard the news from Alli, and he repeated it to Horatio."
    – stangdon
    Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 12:47
  • What @stangdon said. Repeating something simply means saying something which has been said previously (by and/or to anybody, so long as the current subject of the verb did in fact hear it before; it doesn't normally count as "repeating" if the current speaker just happens to say the same thing completely independently). But repeating back normally implies repeating what someone else said to you, and addressing it back to the original speaker. Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 14:36

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