Redundancy Exercise (521)

In each sentence, delete one word that is redundant to another.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: We formulated a strategic plan for integrating the projects under one management structure.
Correct : We formulated a plan for integrating the projects under one management structure.

A plan is by definition strategic, in that it reflects a strategy, so "strategic" is not necessary.

2.
Original: The partygoers mingled together in various groups throughout the evening.
Correct : The partygoers mingled in various groups throughout the evening.

"Mingle" means "interact," so "together" is redundant.

3.
Original: This organizational policy will be mutually advantageous for both of our departments.
Correct : This organizational policy will be mutually advantageous for our departments.
Alterna.: This organizational policy will be advantageous for both of our departments.

"Mutually" suggests that the policy will be advantageous for both departments, so "both of" is superfluous. You can delete one or the other.

4.
Original: Our design team has triumphed with yet another successful new innovation.
Correct : Our design team has triumphed with yet another successful innovation.

By definition, innovations are new, so "new" is extraneous.

5.
Original: He referred back to the third section of part C because he wanted to be sure that readers do not get confused on this point.
Correct : He referred to the third section of part C because he wanted to be sure that readers do not get confused on this point.

To refer is to go back, so "back" is unnecessary.

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