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    Englishloverlover is offline Newbie
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    Using the verb peer

    Hello, I can't understand why it is being used two verb complement in the phrase below:
    ''crept to the bedroom
    window and peered down into the front garden''

    peered ''down into [...]'' isn't a pleonasm?

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    Re: Using the verb peer

    I don't think so. "Down" indicates that the bedroom window is probably on an upper floor, and some proposition such as "at" or "into" is necessary with peered, an intransitive verb. Which words do you think are superfluous?

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