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Grammar and writing basics

Redundant Redundancies

Now, I like the TV show Bones, but if I hear the Seeley Booth character say “this here” one more time, I’m going to find a way to put my hand through the TV set and smack him.

What, he thinks “this” doesn’t say what he wants to say? “This” indicates someone or something close by, so adding “here” is redundant and considered nonstandard English.

For example, “This is my partner.” See? No “here,” and we still know who he’s talking about.

Respect the language and let it do its job fro crying out loud.

I think this last paragraph was a very loud harrumph.

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January 7, 2010 um 12:33 pm
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