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    I had never heard the expression "reply back," but I just came across it on this site: English Editing Experts - Proofreading and Translations.

    "Reply back" sounds redundant to me. Isn't "back" implicit in "reply"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I had never heard the expression "reply back," but I just came across it on this site: English Editing Experts - Proofreading and Translations.

    "Reply back" sounds redundant to me. Isn't "back" implicit in "reply"?

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    "We will get back to you." "We will reply." It should be one or the other. I suppose you can say "reply back" for emphasis. But you're right, it is redundant -- and repetitive and superfluous.

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    I agree. That it's on a site offering to proofread your material for a fee is, to say the least, ironic.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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