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    #1

    I was told that "free gift" is incorrect because a gift is free.

    I was told that "free gift" is incorrect because a gift is free. But in shopping centres "free gift" is often seen.

    Do native speakers use "free gift' in shopping centres?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by kohyoongliat; 22-Dec-2013 at 11:16. Reason: typo

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    #2

    Re: I was told that "free gift" is incorrect because a gift is free.

    Yes — we say 'free gift' all the time.

    Some of us are aware of the tautology but we don't care.

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