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Writing Skills - Avoiding Redundancy (Grades 11-12)

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Writing Skills - Avoiding Redundancy

1. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

In 2016, the musical Hamilton received a record-breaking 16 nominations for the Tony Awards, breaking all previous records.
  1. In 2016
  2. the musical
  3. for the Tony awards
  4. breaking all previous records
2. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

Lisa and Manuel are working together and collaborating on a musical tribute to Mr. Noones, our school's late janitor.
  1. Lisa and Manuel
  2. and collaborating
  3. a musical tribute
  4. our school's late janitor
3. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

The pep rally was brief in length, but helped boost the morale of the athletes.
  1. pep rally
  2. in length
  3. boost the morale
  4. the athletes
4. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

The amount of time we spent working on this project is approximately around 10 hours.
  1. amount
  2. spent working
  3. this project
  4. around
5. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

Maria promised and vowed that she would arrive to the restaurant on time, perhaps even early.
  1. and vowed
  2. would arrive
  3. on time
  4. even early
6. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

The students finished the experiment by recording the growth of the plants although they had originally intended to measure the plants' carbon output at first.
  1. the experiment
  2. of the plants
  3. plants'
  4. at first
7. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

Despite the gusty winds and heavy rain, a high amount of humidity still remained in the air after the storm.
  1. and heavy rain
  2. high
  3. still
  4. after the storm
8. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

Before she passed away unexpectedly, the famous journalist managed to write an autobiography about her life.
  1. Before she passed away
  2. unexpectedly
  3. famous
  4. about her life
9. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

Barack Obama is a person who broke barriers by becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
  1. is a person who
  2. African-American
  3. elected
  4. of the United States
10. 
Which word/phrase in the sentence below is redundant and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence?

At 6 p.m. in the evening, detectives were called to investigate a domestic disturbance at a home on Maple Lane.
  1. in the evening
  2. investigate a domestic disturbance at
  3. at a home
  4. on Maple Lane
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