Term: Tautology

Definition:


Tautology is where two near-synonyms are placed consecutively or very close together for effect.

TAUTOLOGY EXAMPLES:

  • free gift
  • in this day and age
  • new innovation
  • lonely isolation

Placing such words together is common enough in English and should not be regarded as an automatic error. Redundancy can have an impact, and so can tautology.

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Grammar Topic:  Figure of Speech

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