Redundancy Exercise (416)

Revise the following sentences to eliminate redundant words or phrases.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The children interacted with each other in the play area, sharing toys and engaging in make-believe.
Correct : The children interacted in the play area, sharing toys and engaging in make-believe.

To interact is to participate together, so "with each other" is extraneous.

2.
Original: We sat in the shade under a tree, enjoying a brief respite before the crowds arrived.
Correct : We sat in the shade under a tree, enjoying a respite before the crowds arrived.

A respite is a short period of rest, so "brief" is superfluous.

3.
Original: In years past, she had frequented the park regularly.
Correct : In years past, she had frequented the park.

To frequent is to go somewhere often, so "regularly" is redundant.

4.
Original: An emergency first aid kit is an absolute necessity for a trip into the wilderness.
Correct : An emergency first aid kit is a necessity for a trip into the wilderness.

A necessity is something that is required, so "absolutely" is an unnecessary intensifier.

5.
Original: The flood completely destroyed the bridge, cutting the town off from the main road.
Correct : The flood destroyed the bridge, cutting the town off from the main road.

Something that is destroyed is by definition completely wrecked -- one would not write "partially destroyed" -- so no qualifying adverb is necessary.

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