Redundancy Exercise (495)

Revise each sentence to eliminate one of two words that convey the same idea.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: We’ve had an unfilled vacancy in our department for a year.
Correct : We’ve had a vacancy in our department for a year.

A vacancy is an unfilled position, so "unfilled" is redundant to "vacancy."

2.
Original: Her attitude still continues to irk me to this day.
Correct : Her attitude continues to irk me to this day.

"Still" is redundant to "continues."

3.
Original: We have to pool our resources together if we are to have any chance of success.
Correct : We have to pool our resources if we are to have any chance of success.

To pool is to combine, so "together" is extraneous.

4.
Original: The new recruit kept making mistakes despite our frequent reminders.
Correct : The recruit kept making mistakes despite our frequent reminders.

By definition, a recruit is new, so "new" is superfluous.

5.
Original: If he can’t keep calm when a minor problem occurs, how will he react when there’s a serious crisis?
Correct : If he can’t keep calm when a minor problem occurs, how will he react when there’s a crisis?

Any crisis is serious, so "serious" is redundant to "crisis."

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