One of the most com­mon cul­prits of wordi­ness is redun­dant phras­es. Notic­ing and elim­i­nat­ing redun­dan­cy is one of the eas­i­est ways to chop your final word count.

Here are 17 com­mon exam­ples of redun­dant phras­es and their chopped ver­sions.

Wordy ver­sion Chopped ver­sion
actu­al fact fact
con­sen­sus of opin­ion con­sen­sus
despite the fact despite
for­ev­er and ever for­ev­er
future prospects prospects
whether or not whether
inad­ver­tent error error
mutu­al agree­ment agree­ment
major break­through break­through
past his­to­ry his­to­ry
plan ahead plan
post­pone until lat­er post­pone
recon­sid­er again recon­sid­er
repeat over and over repeat
still remains remains
unex­pect­ed sur­prise sur­prise
unin­ten­tion­al mis­take mis­take

Do you have spe­cif­ic redun­dant phras­es that you see all the time or that are your pet peeves? Share them below in the com­ments.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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