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A Very Common Redundancy

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“Where’s the shoe department at?”
“Did she tell you where the meeting is at?”
“How can I find where my evaluation is at?”

When you use “where” in a sentence, you are referring to location. Therefore, sticking an “at” into the sentence is redundant. All you need is:

“Where is the shoe department?”
“Did she tell you where the meeting is?”
“Where can I find my evaluation?”

I’m wishing for just one day when I hear the “at” tag fewer than 10 times. Is that asking too much?

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Lose the “Pre—”

Preconditions, prerecorded and preplanning all can be shortened by eliminating the pre—.

“We will meet with our opponents when they have met all our conditions.”  See how “conditions” in its unadorned state says it all?

“Recorded music has undergone enormous changes in the last few years.” All music is recorded before it is released, so the “pre” adds nothing.

“Our move to our new headquarters will take a lot of planning.” Of course you will plan before you move your headquarters. The “pre” is understood and redundant.

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Redundancies

Do you catch yourself saying or writing any of the following? Be aware they are redundancies.  Cut out the deadwood.

• Future plans

• Positive benefit

• Exact same

• End result

• Added bonus

• PIN number

• Repeat again

• Very/S0/Extremely Unique

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