Questions tagged [redundancy]

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Anyone else vs except / anyone vs except

I am a bit confused about the following two constructions: 1. I do not have anyone EXCEPT you. 2. I do not have anyone ELSE EXCEPT you. My brother said that they had the same sense, while I insisted ...
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redundancy: about 60 or thereabouts

I saw the following sentence in a dictionary. Does "about" contribute to its meaning? Is the sentence good in terms of style? She must be about 60 or thereabouts. I'd appreciate your help.
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are “displayed upfront” and “hidden covertly” the same? I guess not and I need a double check

This post says overlays of a symbol or text that may be hidden covertly or displayed upfront to protect an image from being used without owner’s approval. to illustrate above, the post gives ...
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The reason I'm writing this email is to [closed]

I saw the following sentence at the start of an e-mail. While it is grammatical, I'd like know if it is natural. Dear Mr. Smith: The reason I'm writing this e-mail is to inform you of a change ...
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“(An) exactly (the) same”: two articles ok?

Does it make sense when two articles are used, for example “An exactly the same”? If the former conveys inspecific/abstract item, then what does the latter do?
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Is that “it” redundant?

"What do you anticipate it will be the impact of higher tariffs between China and US on your business?" Is that "it" redundant? Just like what do you think will be the impact?
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In error correcting, “Most of the magnesium used in the US comes from the seawater.”

Most of the magnesium used in the US comes from the seawater. I said there's no error in here. But the teacher says "the" (from the seawater) is redundant. But I think it's necessary cause the US don'...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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One common topic that has been discussed with increasing regularity

In the following passage, is "One common topic that has been discussed with increasing regularity" considered good style? Would it be advisable to rewrite it as "One increasingly common topic"? Also, ...
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Is the “is” redundant here?

The two sentences: The lighter the camera, the harder it is to hold steady. The lighter the camera is, the harder it is to hold steady. I just saw the former one but always make the ...
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Can we use 'by the then' and 'of the time' in a sentence?

Is it right to use both 'by the then' and 'of the time' in a sentence like this: by the then Department of General Statistics of the time
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You can do …, but you can't do

Is there a smarter way to say You can do <...>, but you can't do <...>. ? Sounds very dumb to me. I think it's better to avoid such self-repeating.
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Where did the next car take you? But I think 'Where did the next car take you to?' is right

Can you tell why there is not the word 'to' in the end and when I should add the word 'to' in the end?
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Why is it wrong to say “We'll meet on next Monday”?

I heard that it was wrong and we use: We'll meet next Monday. This is apparently because we don't use on before next. Is this true and why? It sounds good to me. Is it just an idiomatic thing?
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How do I avoid repeating the same word several times? [closed]

I have written the following sentence, but I feel that it's too long, especially the number of the word "animal" is too many. What's your idea about this? If so, please suggest me how to make it more ...
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How to avoid repeating “method A” in this sentence?

I try to say that the next example explain the idea my new method. However, I just repeat some words which make my sentence hard to follow. Here is my try: To simplify the idea of method A, the ...
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As simple be it may

"I feel like anything I say, as simple be it may, you're gonna like me". Is the previous sentence grammatically correct? What is the phrase between the two commas usually referred to as? What exactly ...
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How to write a good long sentence with different phrases [closed]

I would like to write a sentence which includes some reasons. In my study, I extend a method to a new one. I would like to say that I extend the first one which does something to a new one which ...
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“Awaits for you” or “awaits you”?

Is it wrong to say: Happiness awaits for you? Is it totally wrong to put ‘for’ after awaits ?
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Repeating “them” in “support them rather than abandon them”

Support them rather than abandon them Is the above correct? Is the repeating of 'them' correct? Can we drop 'them' when we use it second time?
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Am I paraphrasing this right?

Along the way, he found his mother's lost purse and leaving his stuff behind, he ran to the purse. This is not an original sentence but has the same structure. I think there are two points that make ...
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When you get emotional and reduplicate your adjectives

It's not something I've seen in a textbook or any description of English grammar (these are always by necessity incomplete, so I do not trust them to describe the whole language in its fulness). But ...
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Is the second “that” used correctly in this sentence?

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not been able to recognize him for 5 years now. Is the second that used correctly here?
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How to avoid repeated “each other” and “statistics” in this sentence?

How can you avoid repeating "each other" and "statistics" in the sentence below? We're a tight-knit group of students, lecturers and professionals who answer each other's statistics questions and ...
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“To book” or “to booking”?

I had a debate with my friend (English is not our mother tongue) because I found this phrase bit wierd. We were almost close to booking tickets to London. I thought using 'almost' and 'close' ...
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redundancy - died out completely

What difference does "completely" make in the following? The species died out completely in the 18th century. I'd appreciate your help.
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Is the verb needed here?

"Instead of Jack swimming the race, it was Jill swimming the race". Is the "swimming the race" for Jill needed? What if I only put "swimming"? What if completely omit it?
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Is “next” optional in “next Friday”?

You must submit your assignments by next Monday at the latest. Is "next" optional in the above sentence? I think by "by Monday" should be clear enough and "next" is redundant.
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Can you use “as” three times in a row?

I checked my essay and had to stop while reading this sentence: The pamphlet reports about the case of Madame Compton and mentions that her behavior has caused damage to the infants but it is not as ...
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realistically glowing coals

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary gives the following example phrase: a fireplace with realistically glowing coals I'd like to know why "realistically" is used in the first place. What ...
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Is the error in B: “the number of pearls” or D: “none of them were missing”?

Directions (Q.1): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The letter of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is (E)....
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Is the given sentence redundant or some kind of emphasis?

The below sentence is from one of a self-help book by IAN TUHOVSKY Wouldn’t you have your own problems and your own life to worry about? Yeah, that’s right. People don’t even remember. They don’t ...
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Two repeated uses of 'under' in one sentence? Would it bother you?

Is the following sentence perfectly normal/OK? A system was developed to integrate the internet and cell phones under the SuperSpeed framework by generalizing XCP-IP under the X-Transmission ...
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Too much I's in the sentence

I'm an Spanish-speaking person and currently learning English. "I can't believe when I started this game all I thought I needed was this guide." Is there a better way too rephrase this so it ...
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Redundancy : I used to visit her and I(?) always wondered why she had those dreadful pictures on the wall

I used to visit her and I always wondered why she had those dreadful pictures on the wall. If I remove the second I from the sentence, will it be grammatically correct ? I.e. I used to visit her ...
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Is this sentence correct - “One can break this rule sometimes and try to put his energy into …”?

One can break this rule sometimes and try to put his energy into ... I am especially concerned about the usage of 'his' along with 'one'. I wanted to use one's instead of his but that gave me a ...
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Is “how the end result turns out” redundant?

Is “how the end result turns out” wrong? I’m talking about venting my feelings on the art I am currently doing. I would like to construct a sentence which is like depending my fortune on the outcome ...
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Is it correct to delete the subject from this sentence to avoid repetition?

Is it correct to delete the subject from this sentence to avoid repetition? I have OSHA and I am certified from the ministry as a ... I have OSHA and a certified from the ministry as a ...... ...
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Do I need to use he twice in this sentence?

Can I say: He turned around and was greeted with a smile from his frend. Or do I have to use he twice? He turned around and he was greeted with a smile from his friend.
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Seemingly unnecessary verbs in comparisons

I've come across a strange habit in comparisons that seems to be pretty popular. Instead of saying (what I think to be correct): He runs faster than Robert. Sometimes I hear or read: He runs ...
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Question on usage of “parity”

I checked the definition of parity here. It is defined as: 1 The state or condition of being equal, especially as regards status or pay. Then I found following example on the same site: That is ...
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Is it correct to use 'will' twice in this sentence?

I know there is no general rule of using 'will' twice in a sentence so I want to understand where I can use it example: I will appreciate it if you WILL send me my bag question: I can't grasp ...
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Is the particle 'up' redundant in phrases like 'to pick *up* berries'?

Is the particle up redundant in phrases like this one? to pick up berries (flowers, fruit) Or is it acceptable and doesn't change the meaning 'to gather' (update: I mean, to gather in the woods, ...
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Is the word “have” in this sentence grammatically wrong? & When is it fine to be “redundant”?

Sometimes, when we ran out of time and did not have space for any further activity, he used to tell us that should anyone need any assistance or have any query, accompany me to my office. Microsoft ...
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Is “to ask a question” redundant?

Isn't it enough to just ask, instead of to ask a question? Which one should be preferable?
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Is the song title “A 1000 Times” redundant?

You might or might not know this song "A 1000 Times" by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, but the main concern here is that 1000 itself is a/one thousand already, therefore is this song title redundant in ...
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Is “precipitating cause” a pleonasm?

While writing a medical article, in sources I used I encountered the phrase precipitating cause several times. One of the definitions of to precipitate is: to make something serious happen ...
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Quantum vs number

Let us suppose one has a sentence : I want to find number of digits in the number. Do one allowed to change first occurrence of the word number to the word quantum? So that the new sentence would be : ...
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Is it okay to start a letter with “Dear <name>” followed by “Hi, <name>”?

I'd like to know whether it is okay to start a letter like this: Dear Bob, Hi, Bob... I've been doing this but not sure it is totally acceptable. Isn't "Hi, Bob" somewhat redundant as there ...
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Is the word 'still' redundant in the sentence “the good times when you still had the bread”?

When you ate all the bread and then remember the good times when you still had the bread 1) Is the word 'still' redundant in this sentence? 2) Should I use the past perfect tense in the second part? (...