"Many theories abound"?

kanadaaa

Senior Member
Japanese (Tokai)
Hi, I hired an online editor to proofread my document the other day, and she corrected my sentence as below.

There are many cutting-edge theories around.

Many cutting-edge theories abound.

The corrected sentence sounds to me as though it involves tautology between many and abound.
Should I rewrite this or is it just fine and I can keep it?
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Unless you're mentioning where the theories "abound", I wouldn't use "Cutting edge theories abound". Perhaps we need to see the surrounding context.

    I prefer your version, kanadaa - unless you need to cut down on the total number of words used.
     

    kanadaaa

    Senior Member
    Japanese (Tokai)
    Unless you're mentioning where the theories "abound", I wouldn't use "Cutting edge theories abound". Perhaps we need to see the surrounding context.
    This is part of my application for a scholarship, and the context of the sentence is:

    "Being able to study in the United States would surely help to develop my own theory further due to the environment in which many cutting-edge theories abound."

    I hope the sentence sounds fine (without many) in this context.
     
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