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No “Help” Needed When You Have “Support”

In editing another book, I recently came across a common error. The sentence read in part, “These … were specifically designed to help support our …”

While grammatically correct (and that’s a good thing because an editor has to fix grammatical errors and if there are many, it takes that much longer!), the sentence nonetheless is redundant.

You don’t need help support. They’re synonyms.

One of my dictionary definitions of support is: “assist, help.” Support has a great many definitions, including “uphold,” “advocate,” “back” (as a verb) and “champion.” But they’re synonyms for different definitions of support.

So, decide if you need help or support and go with it.

Until next time! Use the right words!



October 5, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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