Redundancy Exercise (476)

Revise the following sentences to eliminate redundant words or phrases.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: We hope to entirely eliminate this step in the production process without compromising product quality.
Correct : We hope to eliminate this step in the production process without compromising product quality.

"Eliminate" refers to complete removal, so "entirely" is extraneous.

2.
Original: Many opportunities abound for computer programmers to develop their coding skills.
Correct : Opportunities abound for computer programmers to develop their coding skills.

"Abound" implies "many," so "many" is unnecessary.

3.
Original: The junior senator was reelected to another term despite a concerted campaign by her opponent’s supporters.
Correct : The junior senator was elected to another term despite a concerted campaign by her opponent’s supporters.
Alterna.: The junior senator was reelected despite a concerted campaign by her opponent's supporters.

"Reelected" and "another term" are redundant to each other, so change "reelected" to "elected" (or delete "for another term").

4.
Original: Based on this new information, the planning agency applied for a temporary reprieve.
Correct : Based on this new information, the planning agency applied for a reprieve.

A reprieve is by definition temporary, so "temporary" is superfluous.

5.
Original: The final cost of the program was estimated to be about 40 percent over budget.
Correct : The final cost of the program was estimated to be 40 percent over budget.
Alterna.: The final cost of the program was about 40 percent over budget.

"Estimated" and "about" are redundant to each other, so delete "about" (or "estimated to be").

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