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    Nic Guest

    What is it called when we use two words with the same, or very similar, meaning when only one is required? For example;
    "it is an unusual phenomenon"
    "It's Dirty Sewage"


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    Smile Re: Nic Guest

    "it is an unusual phenomenon"
    "It's Dirty Sewage"[/QUOTE]

    unusual & dirty are adjectives

    Phenomenon & sewage are nouns

    Adjectives describe or add information about the noun

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    I think the term you're looking for is pleonasm:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/pleonasm.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I think the term you're looking for is pleonasm:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/pleonasm.html
    That's exactly spot on. Just what i was looking for, thankyou!

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    Re: Nic Guest

    You're welcome.

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