Redundancy Exercise (451)

Delete the redundant word or phrase in each sentence.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The woman was hospitalized after a man broke into her home and attacked her at 2 a.m. this morning.
Correct : The woman was hospitalized after a man broke into her home and attacked her at 2 a.m.

"This morning" is redundant to the time specified in the sentence.

2.
Original: Using twenty-one different instruments, they will collect data that scientists hope will help explain the origins of comets and other celestial bodies.
Correct : Using twenty-one instruments, they will collect data that scientists hope will help explain the origins of comets and other celestial bodies.

Instruments are by definition distinct, so unless the sentence specifies otherwise, "different" is redundant.

3.
Original: Please report on the current status of the project so that we can assess whether to commit more resources.
Correct : Please report on the status of the project so that we can assess whether to commit more resources.

A status report is going to be current at the time it is given, unless specified otherwise, so "current" is redundant.

4.
Original: My fellow colleagues and I met yesterday to collaborate on procedural guidelines.
Correct : My colleagues and I met yesterday to collaborate on procedural guidelines.

"Fellow" is redundant to "colleagues."

5.
Original: Pause for a moment to consider what the consequences will be if the plan is put into effect.
Correct : Pause to consider what the consequences will be if the plan is put into effect.

A pause is generally momentary, so "for a moment" is redundant.

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