Pleonasms Exercise (299)

Pleonasms are redundancies: words or expressions that repeat a meaning already contained in a word. For example, "army soldier" or "return back." Edit the following sentences to remove the unnecessary words.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Usually it was his custom to have coffee at Starbuck’s before going to work.
Correct : It was his custom to have coffee at Starbuck’s before going to work.

The word custom contains the meaning of usual or habitual.

2.
Original: This beautiful playground is the result of the joint collaboration of the Junior League and the Master Gardeners.
Correct : This beautiful playground is the result of the collaboration of the Junior League and the Master Gardeners.

The word collaboration contains the meaning of cooperation between two or more agencies.

3.
Original: The antique was marred by a tiny speck of paint on one of the handles.
Correct : The antique was marred by a speck of paint on one of the handles.

The word speck contains the meaning tiny. A speck is a tiny particle.

4.
Original: Let’s celebrate! The vote was totally and completely unanimous.
Correct : Let’s celebrate! The vote was unanimous.

The word unanimous contains the meaning of "lack of disagreement." Totally and completely are redundant.

5.
Original: I’m sorry, but the quality of this work is not sufficient enough to qualify for publication.
Correct : I’m sorry, but the quality of this work is not sufficient to qualify for publication.

The word sufficient means enough or adequate.

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