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    Default crowded with a lot of people

    I have often come across the expression "crowded with a lot of people."
    Isn't it enough to say "The hall was crowded"? Why should we add "with a lot of people" to it?
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    He lost his composure and equanimity.
    In view of the fact that composure and equanimity mean almost the same thing, isn't it quite pointless to use them together at the same time?

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    Default Re: crowded with a lot of people

    A room could be crowded with a lot of furniture, or a lot of boxes, or a lot of people. Only context can tell you if that usage is redundant.

    I've never read "He lost his equanimity" ever, let alone with "composure" in the same sentence, and I wouldn't write it that way either.

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    Default Re: crowded with a lot of people

    With the second example, it could be that the speaker thinks the words will serve to emphasise.

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    Default Re: crowded with a lot of people

    It reminds me vaguely of something from Gilligan's Island, where one person would say "He lost is composure" and Gilligan would say "Yeah, and he lost his cool, too!"

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