Repetitively Redundant Writing and How to Fix It!

Contributor: Dru Cartier. Lesson ID: 13691

Learn to fix redundant writing and avoid repetitive words with this skill-sharpening lesson.


Grammar, Writing

English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Hello. Hi. Welcome. Howdy. Good day. Hi-ya. Greetings and salutations.

  • Do you ever feel like you're repeating yourself?
  • Do you ever feel like you're saying the same thing over and over?
  • Do you ever feel like you've said something more than once?

Well, this is exactly what redundant means!

  • Want to make sure your writing never repeats itself?

Then this is the lesson for you.

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Redundancy is when two or more words that mean the same thing are used together .

For example:

I don't want to be a doctor anymore. That's past history. Now, I want to be a dentist.

It is redundant to say past history.

  • Have you ever known history to not have happened in the past?

It is also redundant when a modifier's meaning is contained within the word it is modifying.

For example:

First, make groups of five people. Then merge together as many tables as you'll need for everyone.

It is redundant to say merge together.

  • Have you ever merged something apart or separated something together?

Of course not. Together already implies the same concept that merge does; therefore, it is redundant. Instead, you should say:

After you organize people into groups of five, put together as many tables as you need.

When writing, it is important to be as clear and concise as possible.

Getting a message across without adding unnecessary words makes the writing stronger, which reflects positively on you, the writer.

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Adding filler to your writing with redundant words will only bore and confuse your readers.

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