Author: Nitst Member Level: Gold Points: 6 (₹ 6)
Redundant expressions are needless and repetitive phrases that we often use everyday both in written as well as spoken English. A commonly used expression is repeat again.
The word repeat means to do something again and there is no need to follow it up with another 'again'. Combining words that are equivalent to each other in meaning may produce a strong rhetoric effect but it does not necessarily add to the meaning and should be avoided in most of the cases.
It is a misconception that using such phrases will enhance the meaning as they actually end up in making the sentence look more cluttered. Even though they are grammatically correct we should try to eliminate or minimize the use of such needless repetitions if we want our writing to look well edited.
Some examples of common redundant expressions or repetitive phrases are:
(The words within brackets are the needless parts of the phrases and should be eliminated)
1. Can you please repeat (again) the story that you just narrated to the class?
2. I will soon reply (back) to your query.
3. It is incredible (to believe) that India had once brought the cricket world cup home.
4. Let us meet (together) for lunch today.
5. The workers and the management has to cooperate (together) to break the deadlock.
6. I had to revert (back) to the washing powder that I was using a couple of months back.