Writing Skills: Avoid Tautologies

Tautologies — that is, expressing the same idea in different words — waste words and can annoy your reader. Here is a list of tautologies and some alternatives.

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Table: List of Tautologies
Rather than... Try...
absolutely essential essential
accumulate more accumulate
big in size big
completely full full
conscious effort effort
cooperate together cooperate
utter perfection perfection
valuable asset an asset or valuable
witness first-hand witness
equal halves equal
other alternatives alternatives
suddenly explode explode
formulate a plan plan
definite proof proof
end product product
entirely eliminate eliminate
final destination destination
first originated originated
general public public
most optimum optimum


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