Redundancy Exercise (702)

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

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Staff members who had been given layoff notices were given a temporary reprieve.
Correct : Staff members who had been given layoff notices were given a reprieve.

A reprieve is a temporary delay, so "temporary" is redundant.

2.
Original: Heat up the water before you add the thickening compound.
Correct : Heat the water before you add the thickening compound.

"Up" is an unnecessary addition to the verb "heat," though it is commonly retained in figurative language (for example, "Baseball season is still young, but things are really starting to heat up").

3.
Original: When I look ahead to the future, I see a distinct shift in thinking.
Correct : When I look ahead, I see a distinct shift in thinking.

"Ahead" and "to the future" are interchangeable.

4.
Original: I’m sure it was an unintentional mistake, and I think that the punishment is at least unnecessarily harsh and probably unwarranted.
Correct : I’m sure it was a mistake, and I think that the punishment is at least unnecessarily harsh and probably unwarranted.

A mistake is by definition unintentional, so that adjective is extraneous.

5.
Original: She doesn’t think we’ll entirely eliminate the need for the form, but she agrees that it could easily be simplified.
Correct : She doesn’t think we’ll eliminate the need for the form, but she agrees that it could easily be simplified.

To eliminate something is to get rid of it entirely, so "entirely" is redundant.

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