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Avoiding Repetition

Avoiding Repetition

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Western University Faculty of Arts, Languages, and HumanitiesCore English Year III, Semester IGroup 1 Avoid Repetition
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Western University Faculty of Arts, Languages, and HumanitiesCore English Year III, Semester IGroup 1 Avoid Repetition
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A
VOIDING
R
EPETITION
 
I.
 
Repetition:
 
What is repetition?
 
 
Repetition means a thing, word, action, etc, that is repeated. It means thateverything is again and again.
 
Ex: I
want to go to school
, and she
want to go to school
, too.
(‘want to go to school’ is repeat again and again
 , so it is repetition)
 
 
How to avoid it?
 
It can be avoided by using: auxiliaries or reduced infinitives.Ex: I
want to go to school
and she
does
, too.
(
‘ 
want to go to school
’ 
is reduced by using an auxiliary verb
 —‘ 
does
’— 
inanother clause)
II.
 
Using auxiliaries to avoid repetition:
 
What does
‘auxiliary’ mean?
 
 
An auxiliary (=auxiliary verbs or sometimes call helping verbs or specialverbs) are a kind of verbthat comes before the main verb in asentence.  Together the helping verb and the main verb form averb phrase.Or anauxiliary is a verb used to form tenses, moods, voices, etc. of the verb. 
 
What is the usage of auxiliary verbs?
 
Auxiliary verbs are used together with a main verb to give grammaticalinformation and therefore add extra meaning to a sentence, which is not givenby the main verb.
 
List of Auxiliaries:-
 
be-
 
have-
 
do-
 
can, could-
 
may, might-
 
will, shall-
 
must-
 
ought to-
 
dare-
 
used-
 
need-
 
would-
 
should
 
Western University Faculty of Arts, Languages, and HumanitiesCore English Year III, Semester IGroup 1 Avoid Repetition
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1.
 
How to use an auxiliary to avoid repetition?
 
In short answer:Avoiding repetition in short answer is not really a big problem. It can beavoided easily by using its own auxiliary verb.Ex: A:
Will
you go to your hometown this Pchum Ben?B: Yes, I think I
will
(go to my hometown).
(‘go to my hometown’ is deleted in
order to avoid repetition, or 
we can say that the speaker doesn’t want to repeat the whole
verb again)
A:
Can
you do me a favor?B: No, I
can’t
(do you a favor).
(‘do me a favor’ 
 
isn’t used again in sentence B because
the
 speaker doesn’t want to repeat th
e whole verb again, or thewhole verb is understood)
* It is very easy to avoiding repetition in the short answers. If we use
can/can’t 
 
in the question (sentence A), so we use
can/can’t 
again in theanswer (sentence B) and delete the whole verb that is the same in bothsentences A and B.Ex: A: Can I ask you a question?B: Yes, you can/should/must/will ask me a question.
(‘ 
should/must/will
’ 
 
can’t be used in sentence A because ‘ 
can
’ 
is used in sentence A, so
‘ 
can
’ 
is the right answer)
(‘ask me a question’ is the same in sentence A and B, so no need to
use it again in sentence B
 — 
it is understood.)
 
Commenting on given information:Sometime we make a comment in a conversation, so we usually avoidrepetition when we want to reply to the comment.Ex: A: He can drive a car.B: He can (drive a car)
, can’t he
(drive a car)?
(
‘ 
drive a car 
’ 
is the same in sentence A and B, so it is not necessary touse it again in replying to a comment)

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