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    Masterly understatements

    Dear teachers,

    Recently, I have read a book which states that "masterly" in the expression of masterly understatements" is a redundant adjective. I would like to know why. Thanks again.

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    Re: Masterly understatements

    You will need to provide more context if you want a good answer to your question.

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    Re: Masterly understatements

    I can't see why if that is a general statement. As JohnParis says, there may be something more in the wider context, but on its own it doesn't look particularly convincing. Understatement can be used for different effects, so I can't see why it can't be modified.
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    Re: Masterly understatements

    Thanks for your replies, teachers. But the author just quoted the example out of context as well.

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    Re: Masterly understatements

    Maybe it was one of the author's pet hates.

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