Duplicate Words

When writing a first draft, you might make errors simply because your ideas are racing ahead of your typing, and you end up typing the same word or the same type of word twice. A real duplicate is easy to correct when you are proofreading.

Sometimes you might write two words in a row that function in the same way. It is very common for writers to type two verbs, pronouns, or articles in a row in early drafts. These sentences show some common errors in duplication:

I will can apply to the foreign study program and spend my junior year in Paris.

My brother is as strong as a the work horse.

The woodpecker was boring a hole in the tree next to the garage in her the front yard.

All of these are most likely word-choice errors. In each sentence, one of the underlined words should be deleted.