English Grammar: Tautology

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


  • 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.

See Also:

Irony; Hyperbole; Sarcasm; Slang; Jargon; Figure of Speech; Understatement; Litotes; Rhetorical Question; Cliche; Allegory


Figure of Speech

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