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Grammar Repair Shop: Saying it again and again

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Avoid repeating yourself by watching out for the following tautologies: phrases that—put simply—say the same thing twice.

1. advanced ahead
2. at this point in time
3. basic fundamentals
4. brief in duration
5. both together
6. cooperate together
7. enclosed herein
8. free gift
9. important essentials
10. just exactly
11. merge together
12. mutual cooperation
13. new innovation
14. plan in advance
15. surrounding circumstances
16. reduce down
17. resume again
18. seems apparent
19. still continue
20. 2 a.m. in the morning
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