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repeat again/repeat again and again

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Elaine Koh, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Elaine Koh Senior Member

    Singapore English
    I've been told that it is wrong to say 'Repeat again', but going through the examples in the definitions confuses me.

    Is 'Repeat again' really wrong? 'Repeat' alone is enough.

    What about 'Repeat again and again'? I've been told it is correct and it confuses me more.

    Many thanks.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    "Repeat" can refer to one repetition or to several.
    "Repeat again," when used to describe the first and only repetition is redundant and thus could sound odd. If you use "repeat again" to refer to a second repetition, it might not sound as odd.
    "Repeat again and again" specifies multiple repetitions and thus won't sound redundant as "repeat again" can since it provides additional information, specifying multiple repetitions.
     
  3. Elaine Koh Senior Member

    Singapore English
    Thanks, Bibliolept.
     
  4. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Me: How many flies does it take to carry a pea from Bangor to Bognor?
    You: Would you repeat the question please? << Here, repeat again would be wrong.
    Me: How many flies does it take to carry a pea from Bangor to Bognor?
    You: Would you mind repeating that again?
    Me: How many flies does it take to carry a pea from Bangor to Bognor?
     
  5. Elaine Koh Senior Member

    Singapore English
    Thanks, Panjandrum, for the dialogue. It helps to give a good picture of what I was confused about.
     

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