As I edit other peopleâ€™s work I notice a lot of redundant phrases. Actually, the problem of redundancy is a good reason to have a second set of eyes look at your writing. Itâ€™s hard for a writer to recognize the problem for himself or herself.
Typically, when two words that mean the same thing are used together one of those words can be eliminated. The material becomes more readable when the author chooses one word or the other. Here are some examples of phrases where both words basically mean the same thing:
- Complete comprehensive
- First initial
- Contented and happy
- Syndrome condition
- Final last
In each of these examples, one of the two words could be omitted without changing the meaning. Iâ€™m sure that you can think of more examples of redundant writing.
Itâ€™s good to make your writing more concise by rooting out redundancies. Concise writing is much more readable.
Here are a couple of sources to help you identify and eliminate redundancy in your own writing:
- “Play It Again, Sam” – Redundancy in Writing from Fiction Factor The Online Magazine for Fiction Writers.
- Common Redundancies from About.com: Grammar and Composition.
I hope that you found this post helpful.
Have you run across any unusual redundant phrases this week? Why donâ€™t you share them in the comments?
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