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Affirmative Yes to Autobiography of Her Own Life
Redundant expressions can be found in books, in movies, in television shows, and in the everyday conversation of people. I know that I am guilty of using a lot of them in conversation and in writing, but I am really trying not to anymore. Old habits are so hard to break.
affirmative yes - When you give an affirmative response, you say 'yes' or you show support for something. When you answer 'yes', you answer affirmatively. There is no such thing as a negative yes.
When Bob asked Sheila to the dance, her answer was an affirmative yes.
When Bob asked Sheila to the dance, her answer was yes.
aid and abet - This redundant phrase is used a lot by lawyers. Could they perhaps be paid by the word? Aid means to help or assist. Abet, which derives from a Norse word which means 'to cause to bite', also means to help or assist.
Charlene promised to aid and abet Doug in his attempt to deceive the investigator.
Charlene promised to aid Doug in his attempt to deceive the investigator.
all-time record - Today, Jerry set an all-time record in the literary world by writing a full-length novel in only 6 hours. That would definitely be a record, especially if the novel became a best-seller, but look at the phrase 'all-time record'. A record is the very best achievement so far in a particular field or area. All-time compares this with all the other accomplishments in this particular field or area, but since a record is the best achievement so far in an area, is it necessary to say 'all-time record'?
Today, Jerry set a record in the literary world by completely writing a full-length novel in only 6 hours.
alternative choice - When you are given an alternative, you are given a choice of two or more things to choose from.
Becky's desire of a night at the circus quickly changed when her parents presented her with the alternative choice of a weekend at the beach.
Becky's desire of a night at the circus quickly changed when her parents presented her with the choice of a weekend at the beach.
and etc. - Etc. means 'and so on'. And lets you know that something else could be added on to what is being said.
Denise will bring apples, oranges, peaches, and etc. to the dinner for the fruit salad.
Denise will bring apples, oranges, peaches, etc. to the dinner for the fruit salad.
annual anniversary - An annual event takes place each year. An anniversary is the yearly celebration of a past event.
Robert and Melissa's annual anniversary party had to be cancelled this year due to a major ice storm.
Robert and Melissa's anniversary party had to be cancelled this year due to a major ice storm.
anonymous stranger If a person is a stranger, then you don't know him or her. If a person chooses to be anonymous, then you don't know his or her identity.
The anonymous stranger crept out from behind the bush and approached the empty house.
The stranger crept out from behind the bush and approached the empty house.
armed gunman - A gunman is a person armed with a gun, so why would you use armed to describe a gunman?
The armed gunman robbed the bank.
The gunman robbed the bank.
artificial prosthesis - A prosthesis is used to replace an arm, leg, foot, etc. that has been lost. Something that is arificial isn'real. There is no such thing as a prosthesis that has blood pumping though its veins. Even if there were, it still wouldn't be the original and would still be considered artificial.
Donald's missing leg was replaced with an artificial prosthesis.
Donald's missing leg was replaced with a prosthesis.
as for example - The word 'as' implies that an example is about to be given, so either 'as' or 'for example' needs to be deleted.
There are many unhealthy ingredients in pop, as for example, high fructose corn syrup.
There are many unhealthy ingredients in pop, for example, high fructose corn syrup.
ascend up - If one ascends, one goes up. Need I say more?
They watched the balloon ascend up into the clouds.
They watched the balloon ascend into the clouds,
ask a question - Would you ever ask anything that wasn't a question? I will admit, though, that I have been guilty of using this one – a lot.
Yes, David, would you like to ask a question?
Yes, David, do you have a question?
assemble together - To assemble is to bring together.
Assemble together the students for the pep rally.
Assemble the students for the pep rally.
at the present time - 'At present' means 'at this time', so if you say 'at the present time', you are simply saying the same thing twice.
At the present time, there is no need for assistance.
At present, there is no need for assistance.
attach together - When you attach two or more items, you hook them together.
Tyler, will you attach together the Legos?
Tyler, will you attach the Legos?
ATM machine - ATM is the abbreviation for 'automatic teller machine'. When you say ATM machine, you are saying automatic teller machine machine. ATM says all that needs to be said.
Derek visited the ATM machine to deposit his money.
Derek visited the ATM to deposit his money.
autobiography of his (or her) own life - An autobiography is a book that you write about your own life, whereas a biography is a book that a person writes about someone else's life.
Mary decided to write an autobiography of her own life.
Mary decided to writer an autobiography.
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