Posted by: episystechpubs | May 30, 2019

Editor’s Corner: Style Quiz – Redundancy

In these emails, we talk a lot about wordiness, clutter, and redundancy in writing. Well, now is your chance to find out if you’re getting the message. I found a quiz on Daily Writing Tips that gives you the opportunity to correct errors of redundancy by removing unnecessary words. I have a feeling you’re going to ace this quiz.

In the following examples, two words are doing the work of one. All you have to do is remove the unnecessary word. To check your answers and see the explanations, just scroll down to the bottom.

Got your thinking caps on? Go!

Correct errors of redundancy in the following sentences by removing words that repeat the meaning already expressed by other words in the same sentence.

  1. After a few minutes, the hawk was a small speck in the sky.

2. The Medical Examiner was called to the building where a dead corpse had been found.

3. I had to return back to the house to fetch my briefcase.

4. The boss wants us to meet together as soon as possible to address the problem of shrinkage.

5. Buy now and we’ll throw in a printer as an added bonus.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: After a few minutes, the hawk was a small speck in the sky.
Correct : After a few minutes, the hawk was a speck in the sky.

A speck is a small spot.

2.
Original: The Medical Examiner was called to the building where a dead corpse had been found.
Correct : The Medical Examiner was called to the building where a corpse had been found.

The idea of “dead” is included in the word corpse.

3.
Original: I had to return back to the house to fetch my briefcase.
Correct : I had to return to the house to fetch my briefcase.

The verb return includes the sense of “going back” to a place.

4.
Original: The boss wants us to meet together as soon as possible to address the problem of shrinkage.
Correct : The boss wants us to meet as soon as possible to address the problem of shrinkage.

The word together is redundant because to meet means “to assemble a group in one place.”

5.
Original: Buy now and we’ll throw in a printer as an added bonus.
Correct : Buy now and we’ll throw in a printer as a bonus.

A bonus is something extra or added.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

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