Today we're learning about redundant phrases. Redundancy is when you repeat yourself or use words are not necessary in a sentence. I'm going to give you some examples and corrections!
1) 4 a.m. in the morning- A.m. means in the morning.
Say: 4 in the morning or 4 a.m.
Same goes for p.m. Don't say 4 p.m. in the evening because p.m. already implies it's evening.
2)At this point in time- Just say "at this time," or simply "now".
3) An approximate guess- You either approximate or you guess. They are the same thing.
4) Believe you me- When you say "believe," the you is implied, so you don't need to include it.
5) Both alike- If you simply say "they are alike," you don't need both.
6) Circle around- If you're circling, you are going around.
7) Consensus of opinion- Just say consensus. If you have a consensus, you have a whole bunch of opinions working together.
8) Dead corpse- Corpses are dead. So, just say dead or corpse.
9) Estimated at about- Use "estimated at" or "about". Do not use them together.
10) He is a man who/ She is a woman who- There are too many words here. Just say "he is..." and "she is..."
11) Pair of twins- Do not say this unless you are talking about two sets of twins (4 people)
12) The reason is because- Say " the reason is..." or "because..."
13) Too premature, too perfect, really pregnant, very unique- The things either are or aren't. You can't have varing degrees of them. If it's premature, then it's premature. Nothing can be "too perfect"; it's either perfect or it isn't. You cannot be "really" pregnant; you're pregnant or you're not. etc.
14) The year of 1995- Just say "in 1995..."; the year is already implied.
15) True fact- Facts are true. You only need to say "It's a fact".
These are the redundant words people use when talking. Most of the time, people use words in sentences that are not needed. Knowing the meaning of the vocabulary you're using will help you to not make those mistakes. Study these sentences and remember the words. Let's avoid redundant sentences. Have fun!