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    What is the technical term for this writing technique?

    A oft-used writing technique is repetition (of three, four...)

    E.g. In My Fair Lady, Eliza's father says something like this to Henry Higgins:

    I'm wanting to tell you, I am waiting to tell you, I am dying to tell you...

    Then Henry gives him commendation for his flair for rhetoric. Do we just call these repetitions in English?
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    Re: What is the technical term for this writing technique?

    Hello!

    "I AM NOT A NATIVE OR TEACHER."

    Yes. However, since I've not read the play I don't know the context in which the statements have been used. It could be used to emphasize a feeling.
    I found the following book* so helpful on this. Please take a look at page 54, titled Forms of repetition:

    http://www.stanford.edu/~eckert/PDF/tannen1989.pdf


    * Tannen, D. (1989) Talking Voices: Repetition, dialogue, and imagery in conversational discourse.
    Here is the second edition.
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