Redundancy Exercise (598)

For each sentence, identify and omit redundant words or phrases.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: In addition to assisting with internal communications, this person will also work closely with the marketing and business-development team.
Correct : In addition to assisting with internal communications, this person will work closely with the marketing and business-development team.

"Also" is redundant to "in addition."

2.
Original: The teacher had a temper tantrum when the students persisted in whispering while he was talking to the class.
Correct : The teacher had a tantrum when the students persisted in whispering while he was talking to the class.

A tantrum, by definition, involves losing one’s temper, so "temper" is extraneous.

3.
Original: She is a close personal friend of mine, so I can’t be objective about the issue.
Correct : She is a close friend of mine, so I can’t be objective about the issue.

"Personal" is superfluous in this sentence.

4.
Original: That’s an overused cliché, and it doesn’t support your argument.
Correct : That’s a cliché, and it doesn’t support your argument.

A cliché is by definition overused, so the adjective is redundant.

5.
Original: Metrics represent data that districts use to assess achievement toward a goal (e.g., attendance, achievement on standardized tests, etc.).
Correct : Metrics represent data that districts use to assess achievement toward a goal (e.g., attendance, achievement on standardized tests).

The initials "e.g.," meaning "for example," and the abbreviation "etc.," meaning "and so on," are redundant; use one or the other.

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