Avoid Repetitive Reduncancy

I saw a sign on the way to work this morning:

Bad Example: “Mandatory attendance required.” Good writers are careful to include a particular thought only once in a sentence or paragraph. Many times have I seen “further” and “additional” used in the same sentence.

This is something that the Spelling and Grammar tool in Word cannot catch for you. I just tried it, and it ignored all three instances of redundancy in this tip.

And the worst part is, the sign I saw this morning was at a high school encouraging students to show up for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. I sure hope the students do better on their grammar today than the staff did!

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