How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing


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Choose the redundant expression in this sentence:

Looking back in retrospect, I can't remember a summer of my childhood when I didn't spend most of the day outdoors getting into trouble.

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Choose the best replacement for the underlined part of the sentence:

Because our Treasury Officer was stuck at the airport, we postponed the meeting until later.


Choose the best replacement for the underlined part of the sentence:

The inadequate supply of pasta salad was not enough to feed the two dozen people who showed up to the club's inaugural meeting.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and related worksheet will test you on redundancy in writing. The practice questions will ask you to identify and fix redundancy in sample sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your ability to do the following:

  • Identify redundancy in sample sentences
  • Rephrase sentences to eliminate redundancy

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about writing concisely in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on the causes of redundant phrasing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify examples of redundancy

Additional Learning

To learn more about this common writing problem, review the corresponding lesson on Avoiding Redundancy in Writing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the meaning of redundancy
  • Discuss the causes of redundancy
  • Learn how to avoid redundant phrases in writing