Redundant Words

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Watch for unnecessary words causing redundancy. You will not only be writing better but show your intelligence by avoiding these.

  • Advance warning or notice – A ‘warning’ is always something in advance. You cannot rewind time. 
  • Actual fact – A ‘fact’ is by definition is something that has been established.

Forever and ever – Forever is forever – until the end. (Although it makes a great Randy Travis song – ‘Forever and ever, Amen’) 

  • Major breakthrough – A breakthrough is a major event. No need to modify. It’s duplicitous. 
  • 9:00 a.m. in the morning or 9:00 p.m. in the evening – You don’t need to say ‘in the morning’ or ‘in the evening’ because a.m. and p.m. have established that.
  • Past history – History is past. Drop past. This and “past record’ are redundant. A record is the past.
  • Plan ahead – You can’t plan behind, so planning is always in the future.
  • Postpone until later – To ‘postpone’ is in the future – reschedule. So, drop “until later.”
  • Still remains – Remains means something has stayed. ‘Still’ is duplicating the word. It simply remains because it is leftover. 
  • Unexpected surprise – No one expects a surprise; it is unexpected. Drop unexpected.
  • Unintentional mistake – ‘Unintentional’ is unnecessary. The fact that it is unintentional makes it a mistake. (Post Its were a “mistake” that worked out well.)
  • Written down – My old employer said, “Make sure it’s written down.” Down is unnecessary. If it’s written, it’s already down on paper or electronically.

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