Redundancy Exercise (431)

Revise these sentences to eliminate redundant words.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: As an added bonus, you’ll receive a free subscription to our quarterly magazine.
Correct : As a bonus, you’ll receive a free subscription to our quarterly magazine.

A bonus, by definition, is something added, so "added" is extraneous.

2.
Original: I was hoping to avoid a direct confrontation.
Correct : I was hoping to avoid a confrontation.

All confrontations are direct, so "direct" is an unnecessary addition.

3.
Original: We learned our lesson and have determined to plan ahead this time.
Correct : We learned our lesson and have determined to plan this time.

Planning is something done ahead of time, so "ahead" is redundant.

4.
Original: They had fortunately just left the workshop when the bottle suddenly exploded.
Correct : They had fortunately just left the workshop when the bottle exploded.

Explosions are, by nature, immediate events, so "sudden" is unnecessary.

5.
Original: She had to wait until the next day to learn the final outcome.
Correct : She had to wait until the next day to learn the outcome.

An outcome is final, so "final" is redundant.

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