I have come across the below redundant words in my GMAT verbal preparation so far. I would like to share the same with you guys. Please feel free to add/update further.
(1) Because + The reasonThe reason
that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because
they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature; this stimulation sometimes results in the activation of certain biological cooling mechanisms, one of which is perspiration.
(2) despite + yetDespite
the increasing number of women graduating from law school and passing bar examinations, yet
the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risen to a comparable extent.
(3) Now + currently
His studies of ice-polished rocks in his Alpine homeland, far outside the range of present-day glaciers, led Louis Agassiz in 1837 to propose the concept of an age in which great ice sheets had existed in now currently
(4) that + should
(5) maybe + perhaps
(6) Recommended + should
"The report recommended
that hospital should
eliminate unneeded beds ... "
(7) past + previous
(8) amount + as much as
Redundant: ... amount X is twice as much as amount Y
Better: ... amount X is twice amount Y
(9) twice + compare to
(10) due to + with the result
(11) sum + total
The three prices sum
to a total
of $ 321.
(12) underlying + behind
Redundant: The underlying motive behind his kind words was so that he could borrow money from me.
Better: The underlying motive for his kind words was so that he could borrow money from me.
Better: The motive behind his kind words was so that he could borrow money from me.
(13) Because + therefore
Redundant: Because we were tired, we therefore stopped for the night.
Better: We stopped for the night because we were tired
(14) both + as well as
Only through a thorough, government-funded vaccination program can the epidemic of malaria be curbed, just like the spread of both
cholera as well as
the spread of typhoid was curbed.
(15) may + likely to
(16) regain + again
(17) rise + up
(18) decline + down
(19) soar + up
(20) decrease + down
(21) free + gift
(22) cooperate + together
(23) can + potentially
(24) retrospective + back
The studio's retrospective
art exhibit refers back
to a simpler time in American history.
(25) Consensus of opinion
Consensus of opinion is redundant: consensus means "general agreement."
(26) Regardless vs. Irregardless
Regardless means "not withstanding." Hence, the "ir" in irregardless is redundant. Regardless is the correct form.
(27) revert + back
(28) past + experience.
(29) end + result
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