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Redundancy

How could you make the following sentences more CONCISE? (concise = expressing what needs to be said without unnecessary words)

1. I think that is a good thing and reflects a lot of positives.

2.There are many reasons why people love to enjoy traveling outside their home town these days.

3. Buying a house leads to a fixed amount which can be financially less expensive.

4. In some nations, having home ownership is more important than renting a house.

5. As regards feasible measures to tackle this, banning plastic bags will not represent a panacea to solve this.

6. In my opinion, I consider such events can bring enormous wealth and job opportunities to a nation.

Answer

1. I think that is a good thing and reflects a lot of positives.

2.There are many reasons why people love to enjoy traveling outside their home town these days.

3. Buying a house leads to a fixed amount which can be financially less expensive.

4.In some nations, having home ownership is more important than renting a house.

5. As regards feasible measures to tackle this, banning plastic bags will not represent a panacea to solve this.

6. In my opinion, I consider such events can bring enormous wealth and job opportunities to a nation.

Redundancy means

  • saying things that don’t need to be said.
  • saying things more than once
  • saying things like ‘It is commonly known that’ ‘In fact’ or ‘Indeed’ when they don’t add anything to the sentence.

There are lots of examples of everyday redundancy that we use without thinking, so don’t worry too much about these e.g.

  • to revert back
  • to repeat again
  • to summarise briefly
  • to collaborate together
  • new innovations
  • a new initiative
  • past experience
  • future plans
  • the end result
  • the honest truth
  • first time ever
  • advance warning
  • general public
  • free gift

Get a fuller list here.

200 Common redundancies in the English language

We need to be careful about this in IELTS Writing, because you only have 250 words, and you need to make the most of that word limit by avoiding repetition and by writing clearly.

Redundant language can make your writing less clear, as you can see in the examples above.

Learn more about the problem of redundancy here.

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