Friday, August 26, 2005

Sentence Redundancy

So, I'm listening to CNBC on my way home today while stuck in some minor traffic. Anyway, a guy comes on and says the following two lines in order.

Last year, I went to Australia 14 times.

I went more than once a month.


Clearly, the second sentence contains redundant information. The question I have is, had he said the two lines in the opposite order, would this be more acceptable and no longer considered redundant? I found it interesting that order might play a role in qualifying the nature of sentences.

2 comments:

Spud said...

I think your premise is incorrect. Saying “I went more than once a month” is not redundant with the first sentence. Obviously it is insane to be flying down under 14 times a year but it is possible to have all 14 trips concentrated in 6-9 month interval. His second sentence more or less indicates that his trips were just about evenly spread over the year.

Spud said...

I still can't get over the fact that that guy flew to Aussie-Land 14 times in one year. That's just insane. All that air travel must take a toll on his body.

Quantcast