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Superfluous Expressions in English

Superfluous Expressions are such expressions that are redundant or unnecessary to be used. The following are some common superfluous expressions:

Come across sb. suddenly – Wrong

  • While going through the newspaper, I suddenly came across this piece of shocking news. – Wrong

Come across sb. / sth. (=meet suddenly- अचानक मिलना) – Correct

  • While going through the newspaper, I suddenly came across this piece of shocking news. – Right

Approach near – Wrong

  • The child approached near him for the chocolate. – Wrong

Approach नजदीक आना – Correct

  • The child approached him for the chocolate. – Right

Sufficiently enough – Wrong

  • Having got sufficiently enough time for the work, he is happy. – Wrong

Sufficient – Correct

  • Having got sufficient time for the work, he is happy. – Right

Repeat again – Wrong

  • Will you please repeat it again to let me understand the term properly? – Wrong

Repeat – Correct

  • Will you please repeat it to let me understand the term properly? – Right

Comparatively better etc. – Wrong

  • The doctor asked the patient whether he was feeling comparatively better after taking the medicine. – Wrong

Comparatively good / better etc. – Correct

  • The doctor asked the patient whether he was feeling comparatively good after taking the medicine. – Right

More wiser, prettier etc. – Wrong

  • She is more wiser than any other girl in the group. – Wrong

Wiser, prettier etc. – Correct

  • She is wiser than any other girl in the group. – Right

Most wisest, prettiest etc. – Wrong

  • She is the most wisest girl. – Wrong

Wisest, prettiest etc. – Correct

  • She is the wisest girl. – Right

8 am in the morning / 8 pm in the evening – Wrong

  • His brother came at 5 am in the morning. – wrong

8 am / 8 pm – Correct

  • His brother came at 5 am. – Right

Equally as good / bad etc. as sb. / sth. – Wrong

  • She is equally as beautiful as her sister. – Wrong

Equally good / bad etc. or as good / bad as – Correct

  • She is as beautiful as her sister. – Right

Cent percent – Wrong

  • If you fetch cent percent marks in Mathematics, I will give you a bicycle as a gift. – Wrong

Hundred percent – Correct

  • If you fetch hundred percent marks in Mathematics, I will give you a bicycle as a gift. – Right

An another – Wrong

  • I have an another pen to give you. – Wrong

Another – Correct

  • I have another pen to give you. – Right

Neighbourers – Wrong

  • I am lucky enough to have got such a neighbourer as you. – Wrong

Neighbour – Correct

  • I am lucky enough to have got such a neighbour as you. – Right

The use of ‘not’ in the sentences containing ‘until, unless, forbid, prevent, dissuade, prohibit as in;

  • His father always forbade him not to run in the sun but to no effect. – Wrong
  • His father always forbade him to run in the sun but to no effect. – Right

‘Who, which and that’ do not take ‘and’ as in;

  • He met a person and who had three meter’s long moustache. – Wrong
  • He met a person who had three meter’s long moustache. – Right

But the following sentence is correct:

  • He met a person who had three meter’s long moustache and whose weight was 90 kilos.