Redundancy Exercise (672)

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

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: I’m determined not to revert back to my old habits, and I’m grateful for the support of my friends.
Correct : I’m determined not to revert to my old habits, and I’m grateful for the support of my friends.

To revert is to go back, so "back" is redundant to "revert."

2.
Original: The auditorium was soon filled to capacity with people eagerly awaiting the beginning of the concert.
Correct : The auditorium was soon filled with people eagerly awaiting the beginning of the concert.

A venue that is filled is occupied to capacity, so "to capacity" is extraneous.

3.
Original: His world record still remains the longest standing of the top performances for all track and field events.
Correct : His world record remains the longest standing of the top performances for all track and field events.

"Still" is redundant to "remains."

4.
Original: She has traveled to seventeen countries and is trilingual and speaks English, French, and Spanish.
Correct : She has traveled to seventeen countries and speaks English, French, and Spanish.

The sentence lists the three languages the woman is fluent in, so "trilingual" is extraneous.

5.
Original: Attendance at last year’s event was estimated to be about 14,000.
Correct : Attendance at last year’s event was estimated at 14,000.

"About" is redundant to "estimated"; the sentence could also be revised to "Attendance at last year’s event was about 14,000."

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