Redundancy Exercise (643)

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

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: We enjoyed a brief respite before the crowds arrived for the commemorative event.
Correct : We enjoyed a respite before the crowds arrived for the commemorative event.

A respite is a short pause, so "brief" is redundant.

2.
Original: Connect the two ends together to complete the electrical circuit.
Correct : Connect the two ends to complete the electrical circuit.

"Together" is superfluous in association with "connect."

3.
Original: They’ve come up with a new innovation they say will revolutionize the industry.
Correct : They’ve come up with an innovation they say will revolutionize the industry.

"New" is extraneous, because an "innovation" refers to something new.

4.
Original: Jones, despite his alleged association with the fraudulent scheme, was reelected to another term.
Correct : Jones, despite his alleged association with the fraudulent scheme, was reelected.

"Reelected" and "another term" are redundant to each other.

5.
Original: Mary was upset that no one had encouraged her to apply for the unfilled vacancy.
Correct : Mary was upset that no one had encouraged her to apply for the vacancy.

A vacancy is by definition unfilled.

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