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    Two words same meaning

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    Can anyone help me, this is driving me mad!
    What's the term used in English Language to describe two words with the same used next to each other in an unnecessary way? E.g. Today's contemporary lifestyles
    Thanks!

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    Re: Two words same meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by 123
    Hi there
    Can anyone help me, this is driving me mad!
    What's the term used in English Language to describe two words with the same used next to each other in an unnecessary way? E.g. Today's contemporary lifestyles
    Thanks!

    I think it is called as synonym words.

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    Re: Two words same meaning

    A more general word is "pleonasm", which many people think means the same as "tautology".

    But although every tautology is also a pleonasm, not every pleonasm is a tautology. Any word that it unnecessary is a pleonasm, as here:

    This is the man that I saw.

    The sentence would mean exactly the same without the underlined word, so it is pleonastic in this sentence. However, it is not a tautology.

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    Re: Two words same meaning

    Originally Posted by 123
    Hi there
    Can anyone help me, this is driving me mad!
    What's the term used in English Language to describe two words with the same used next to each other in an unnecessary way? E.g. Today's contemporary lifestyles
    Thanks!


    Redundant...

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