Are You Using These 23 Redundant Words? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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    • sabadshop says:

      It was a good article,
      thank you very much

    • Stephen says:

      I agree with the earlier commenter about #7 being grammatically incorrect to begin with. I think the fix also sounds odd. However, this info is valuable, and the presentation is engaging.

      Being aware of these common pitfalls will help me avoid them. It is my goal to not include them in early drafts of future writing vs removing them during editing. Thank you!

    • Rahmah says:

      Amazing tips! Thanks Mary

    • Beth Krajewski says:

      The word “basically” drives me up the wall!

      I think people use this word when they’re either uncertain or stalling for time!

    • Amar kumar says:

      Hey Mary,

      It is really very informative topic. They are all redundant expressions, groups of words in which at least one word is unnecessary because it just repeats the meaning that’s already contained in the other word or words.

      You have composed well information in this Infographics and it will very helpful for people to enhance their communication skills. Eventually, thanks for sharing.

      With best wishes,

      Amar kumar

    • Karen E. Quinones Miller says:

      Two other people have already pointed out the problem with Number 7, but I’m still going to pipe up.
      Why?
      Because using “that” instead of “who” is the type of error many people use to judge the grammatical skills of the writer/speaker.
      Not only did it raise my eyebrow, it made me question the credibility of the writer.

      (I’m not going to mention the nonsensical nature of the corrected example.)

    • I’m not an English mother tongue, but I beg to differ. Obviously, the following might only be my personal way to interpret the language. Saying “I’m sure” is different from “I’m quite sure.” The first means I’m sure at 100%, while the second implies that I still have a slight doubt. Sure at 99% or less.
      Also, Perhaps I can give you some helpful advice is different from I can give you… The latter means that I know that what I’m going to tell you will help you, while the first means that I’m not sure that what I’m going to say will help you but I hope so. Also, it’s a a polite way to offer your help. I won’t probably listen to someone boasting that way. I would feel forced to listen.

      Also, is “Due to the fact” really colloquial? I thought the opposite!

    • Sorry to disagree, but IMO you *cannot* eliminate “that” from ‘the person that called …’ :
      ‘the person called’ implies “the person I (the narrator) called.” The other way states the person called me.

      .. plus, and now we get into ‘pet peeves’– I prefer ‘the person who called …’

      • Sarah says:

        You beat me to it – agreed on both counts. “The person called didn’t leave a message” isn’t even just ambiguous, it is borderline nonsensical because it’s not automatic to parse that as a passive phrase, and if you read it as an active phrase it doesn’t make sense.

        If you take out “that”, then to preserve the original meaning, it needs to become something like “The person called but/and didn’t leave a message.”

        Terrible, terrible example.

        And I too prefer the person who called, since a person is a who, not a thing.

        • Ben says:

          The example might be weak but its all about the idea. Your writing will get better the fewer times “that” appears in it. Read a section of your writing aloud and you’ll realize how overused that is. You’ll start to sound silly. If you don’t think you sound silly record yourself reading it on your phone and play it back an hour later and it’ll astonish you. Also, why do we have to nitpick everything? The majority is super helpful and so we have to tear down the minor things? I don’t understand.

          • Margaret L Fieland says:

            We’re not nitpicking, we’re pointing out an error. Yes, there are plenty of places where “that” is redundant:
            If you think that you sound, silly record yourself,

            for one. But the example given is wrong.

            Not everyone reading this infographic is a grammar nerd 🙂 , and I’d hate for anyone to be misled.


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