Use these 19 examples of redundancy from Writers Write, your one-stop writing resource, to avoid the needless repetition of words.
What Is Redundancy In English?
Redundancy in the needless repetition of words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs or ideas.
Redundancy is when we use two or more words together that mean the same thing, for example, ‘adequate enough’. We also say something is redundant when a modifier’s meaning is contained in the word it modifies, for example, ‘merge together’.
When we write, we should try to be as clear and concise as we can be. If we learn how to get a message across without adding unnecessary words, readers are more likely to read what we write.
Why You Should Not Use Redundant Phrases
Every word you use should add something new to your piece of writing. When you use a redundant phrase you are using two or more words that mean the same thing. They add nothing new.
Redundancies pad your writing and bore you readers. The longer sentences are liable to make people stop reading altogether.
Common redundancies to avoid in business writing:
- In my opinion, I… (Use: I…)
- Collaborated together (Use: collaborated)
- Past experience (Use: experience)
- The reason why (Use: reason)
- Plus in addition (Use: in addition)
19 Examples Of Redundancy In English
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