Close proximity….ARG!!!


Jul 23, 2013 In the Grammar Tree 0 Comments

If people keep using double redundancies, I’m going to be in close proximity to the limit of what I can bear—grammatically speaking of course.

The word “proximity” means the quality or state of being near or close.  Do not use the adjective “close” to modify the noun “proximity”, for that would be redundant.  Also do not call a “redundancy” a “double redundancy” because that, too, would be redundant.

This is such a common grammar mistake that I can’t remember the last time that I heard someone say the word “proximity” without modifying it with the word “close.”  So take heed, my students, take heed.

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