Redundancy Exercise (621)

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

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Two existing drugs may potentially become a new treatment for multiple sclerosis.
Correct : Two existing drugs may become a new treatment for multiple sclerosis.

"Potentially" carries the same meaning as "may," so it is superfluous here.

2.
Original: First, we need to classify the participants into groups.
Correct : First, we need to group the participants.

"Classify" and "group" are redundant, but "First, we need to classify the participants" is vague because "classify" has more than one meeting, so replace "classify" with "group."

3.
Original: I will begin with a brief summary of the facts.
Correct : I will begin with a summary of the facts.

A summary is, by definition, brief (or should be), so delete "brief."

4.
Original: It appears that we are unable to reach a consensus of opinion.
Correct : It appears that we are unable to reach a consensus.

A consensus is a general agreement of opinion, so "of opinion" is redundant.

5.
Original: The event, to be held at the convention center, is open to the general public.
Correct : The event, to be held at the convention center, is open to the public.

"General" is redundant to "public."

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