Redundancy Exercise (567)

In each of the following sentences, delete an unnecessary word.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The wildlife preserve is a safe haven for many types of animals.
Correct : The wildlife preserve is a haven for many types of animals.

A haven is by definition safe (or, at least, intended to be safe), so safe is redundant.

2.
Original: The students learned a valuable lesson: We all benefit from mutual cooperation.
Correct : The students learned a valuable lesson: We all benefit from cooperation.

Cooperation is mutual, so mutual is extraneous.

3.
Original: The product line was introduced for the first time with an extensive, and expensive, media campaign.
Correct : The product line was introduced with an extensive, and expensive, media campaign.

"For the first time" is redundant to introduction.

4.
Original: This project is a joint collaboration of several government agencies, a handful of nonprofit organizations, and numerous corporate donors.
Correct : This project is a collaboration of several government agencies, a handful of nonprofit organizations, and numerous corporate donors.

A collaboration is a joint effort, so joint is superfluous.

5.
Original: Diligent effort led to a major breakthrough in the construction process.
Correct : Diligent effort led to a breakthrough in the construction process.

A breakthrough is implicitly significant, so major is redundant.

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