Questions tagged [redundancy]

For questions about whether the same word appearing two or more times in a sentence is appropriate, or about whether a word or phrase is repeating information unnecessarily.

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“Thanks, but no thanks” OR “No, thanks”. Isn't 'thanks' in the former redundant?

Would you like to have a cup of tea? Sure. Thanks! Would you like to have a peg? No, thanks! When someone offers me a peg, I first deny the proposal and then say thanks. Why? Because he ...
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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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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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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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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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Isn't it redundant to say “X could conceivably …”?

I was reading a letter from Warren Weaver to Norbert Wiener (1949), and this sentence drew my attention: One naturally wonders if the problem of translation could conceivably be treated as a ...
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How to express something that happens currently, but that might be fixed in the future?

I'm not sure if I wrote my sentence correctly: At the time the thesis is written, one current shortcoming of the proxy tables is that. I want to say, that currently, when I'm writing the thesis, ...
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Is there a way to avoid saying 'that that'?

I know that in many cases, a double 'that' is grammatically acceptable, but I still feel it is distracting for readers to see a 'that that' pop up in the middle of a text. Is it acceptable to ...
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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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Can we use “although” and “but” together i.e. in one sentence?

Is this a correct English sentence? Although, I'm not very clear about the reason, but that's where the problem lies. Can 'although' and 'but' be used together in one sentence?
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“Whether or not” followed by two alternative words

But more than any specific piece, I love the feeling Gaultier collections (both RTW and HC) convey. They’re always lighthearted, upbeat and joyous. Whether or not one actually likes or dislikes the ...
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What is the action of riding a swing called?

Swinging is itself an action. I believe I could say: I swung on the swing. or I am swinging on the swing. or Do you want to swing on the swing? Except all of those sound horrible to me. ...
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Is “other” redundant?

"What other games do you play aside from Tetris?" In this sentence, other means any game except the one mentioned (Tetris). Similarly, aside from means any game other than Tetris. If I omit the other,...
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What does “within 1 to 2 hours” imply

In the following context: You will be called within 1 to 2 hours Does "within" imply between 1 and 2 hours? Or anytime from now, until 2 hours?
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How not to repeat words?

Consider the following phrase (a little bit technical, but I hope it doesn't matter): Google Plus doesn’t allow non-public domains at all, Facebook allows domains of the form NAME.l, and Twitter ...
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Does further explanation help to clarify statements?

Let us say that I am explaining the reason behind something: This occurs because of a disparity in globally utilized parameters, since they are isolated from objects’ local conditions. Here, ...
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Can I say “I am self-conscious about my eyes”?

"I am self-conscious about my eyes" sounds like it points to the person speaking twice, therefore making the word "self" redundant. The correct statement to me seems to be "I am self-conscious ...
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Redundancy in sentences

In this newspaper article on sentence phrasing in a primary school (Grade 3) science examination, this question came up: WHAT is the difference between a bird and a lion? If your answer is "the ...
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Parentheses or comma in this sentence

I wrote, In these systems, in a supervised manner, the user specifies the desired items on one or more example pages and the system automatically generates the extraction rules (the wrapper), and ...
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Which one is better: 'I'm Dominican and I'm proud' or 'Im Dominican and proud'

I am going to write a poster regarding a Dominican issue. Which one is better grammatically and naturally? I'm Dominican and I'm proud or I'm Dominican and proud
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Did this sentence use two preposition 'over, by' together?

He assumed that I was waiting for winners over by the squirt guns, and then slipping a fifty to some guy who didn't realize how a giant stuffed animal could change the world's perception of him - ...
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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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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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Is it ok to use “named” twice in a sentence?

There is an item named Infinity Edge in computer game named League of Legends. I thought the sentence was incorrect because I used the word 'named' twice.
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Two “not only” with one “but”; What should I do?

I found this in The Guardian And assuming a 50:50 gender divide, polygamy not only means that women in polygamous relationships not only receive a small fraction of a man, but that some unfortunate ...
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'Walked on foot' or 'gone on foot'?

Which one is true? He had walked there on foot. or He had gone there on foot. Since 'walk' means 'to move or go somewhere by putting one foot in front of the other on the ground [Oxford ...
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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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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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Is “otherwise else” correct?

I have a friend who uses the term "otherwise else" regularly. She frequently uses words incorrectly and pronounces some things in a dialect all her own, so at first I didn't think much of it. The more ...
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How to get rid of the redundant “utilize” and “use”

Is there any way to restate "Please utilize for productive use" without the redundant utilize and use?
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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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How to avoid multiple “of-phrases” in one sentence?

I often find myself inclined to write something like the following: Let's think about this problem from the point of view of readability and self-obvious design. Two *of*s, which come one after ...
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What is the difference between 'There is a pencil there.' and 'There is a pencil.'?

I want to know the difference between the two sentences above. There is a pencil there. There is a pencil. I think that 'there' is unnecessary in No.1 sentence. Would you please tell me the ...
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“I have a grievance (from you that)…” - Is 'from you that' redundant?

Suppose two close friends are talking about a problems which recently has occurred between them; then does the bold segment in the sentence bellow seem redundant to you or not: I have a grievance ...
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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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“(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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Usage of “will” twice in a sentence

Is it wrong if I say like Shyam will decide that he will work hard for the upcoming exams and come first in class. Is there any rule that we shouldn't use will twice in a sentence? If so, which ...
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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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Using “may” or “can” with more than one verb

I have a sentence as below: Sentence 1:His bad behavior may expose our secret, may destroy our relationship, may affect me emotionally. Question 1 : In sentence 1 can I keep the first "may" and ...
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Is it okay to say, “I am increasingly older.”

Is it okay to say, "I am increasingly older." when I mean to say "I am growing more and more older."
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To provide the key insight of this method

Is the following sentence grammatical? To provide the key insight of this method, we make use of an example to illustrate it.
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How to use a lot of “different” in one sentence?

"Different people, the same people with different mood or emotion... all will make the same type of tea has different smelling and flavour." Does this sound wired? Could you help me to do anything to ...
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Use of two tos together

Is this sentence correct? The culling of poultry has been resorted to to save humans. Can someone give me more examples where two tos are used together?
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Is saying “…no matter whether …” OK or a redundancy or grammatically wrong?

I look up the examples of "no matter" in some web dictionary and don't find a sentence containing "no matter whether". But in the examples of "whether" and "irrespective" I do see sentences "He's ...
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Is “when” grammatically necessary in "at the same time as when?

"The militia was formed when demons and monsters appeared on the island, at the same time as when the Stormwall formed." Should "when" be left out in this sentence because there is semantically a ...
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Is actual fact redundant?

I know that a fact is a fact and if words are used carefully there’s no real need to remind people that your fact is actual. Now, that a lot of famous English writers use this construction might be ...
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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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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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redundant use of preposition [duplicate]

"An opportunity for a complete positive transformation of your child for which you have always aspired for". The above sentence appears on the board of a private primary school. I think the writer ...
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“…based on the sub-graphs themselves” grammaticality

I tried to join several sentences together, and I ended up with this: To this end, we introduce a method to recognize semantic phenomena of vertices points through sub-graphs available in the ...