Words 001


10 Redundant Phrases

English is a funny language.

We've all heard that. To kick off this new series, 'Words', I'll be listing some common phrases which aren't required. This is exactly what redundant means. So, let us begin.


1. Absolutely necessary : Necessary in itself means at the most basic level, and absolutely is redundant in this case.

2. Best ever : Best is used for comparison of many entities, and thus ever has no use in this phrase.

3. Close proximity : Proximity in itself means nearness in space, time or relationship, hence negating the need of 'close'.

4. Desirable benefits : Generally, all benefits are desirable since they are 'benefits' in the first place. Using 'desirable' is clearly redundant in the phrase.

5. End result : Any sort of result is achieved towards the end of an activity. Therefore, one doesn't need to mention 'end' in this case.

6. Foreign imports : Imports obviously mean they are from foreign sources and thus are enough to deliver the idea properly.

7. General public : The public is supposed to be a general reference to the people in an area. Hence, there is no point in writing 'general general people'.

8. Had done previously : 'Had done'  indicates an activity that was performed in the past, thus making 'previously' redundant.

9. Interdependent on each other : 'inter' means between two entities, and therefore interdependent does not require 'on each other' to convey the message.

10. Join together : Joining in itself signify the merge between two or more, and hence together is not necessary.

Almost all of these are used regularly, especially in conversations, and we don't have the slightest of idea that they are 'wrong.' Of course, there are times when they are used 'smartly' enough for the reader to focus on the emphasis instead of the mistake.

How many of these have you been using? And do you have any more suggestions? Comment below.