Reduce Redundancy

Paired synonyms


fitting and proper

enthusiastic and energetic

honest and true

Redundant word combinations


young child

new baby

bald headed

advance reservation

past history

Don’t state the obvious (empty words)


The month of May

The state of Texas

I think (I know you think it-you wrote it!)

I believe (I know you believe it, you wrote it)

Writer’s tip:

You can eliminate almost any word that ends in -ly. Words that end in -ly rarely add useful information. Describing someone as “stumbling awkwardly” or “moseying slowly” does not add information, since a person cannot stumble in any fashion other than awkwardly, and he or she cannot mosey rapidly. For professional and technical writing, use words that end in -ly sparingly