Common Tautology to Avoid in Your Writing

Literal Repetition (Easy to Catch)

Repetition by Meaning (Harder to Catch)

  • I saw her personally
  • prepay in advance
  • morning sunrise
  • frozen ice
  • close proximity
  • hot water heater
  • dilapidated ruins
  • In my opinion, I think . . .
  • completely devoid
  • 8 a.m. in the morning
  • adequate enough
  • come together in unity
  • I thought to myself
  • creeping slowly along
  • new innovation
  • I assisted her by helping her get to work
  • shout loudly
  • free gifts

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