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Redundant, Expendable, and Incomparable Words and Phrases 

Correct and Preferred Usage

Roxanne K. Young

It’s déjà vu all over again. Yogi Berra (1925-) A redundancy is a term or phrase that unnecessarily repeats words or meanings. Below are some common redundancies that can usually be avoided (redundant words are italicized): Some words and phrases can usually be omitted without affecting meaning, and omitting them often improves the readability of a sentence: Quite, very, and rather are often overused and misused and can be deleted in many instances (see also , Correct and Preferred Usage of Common Words and Phrases). Avoid roundabout and wordy expressions: An adjective denoting an absolute or extreme state or quality

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