...will return back.

Karen123456

Senior Member
Malaysia English
Where I live, when I will be back where I am, I'll say "I'll return back."

Do native speakers use the same expression?

Thanks.
 
  • Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Hi Karen, no we don't (if we can speak English properly). It makes me wince. The "back" idea is already conveyed by the re in return. But you will hear it, and it's a sure sign that the person speaking (if a native English speaker) is not well educated.

    I'll be (right) back! If you say "I'll be back", we don't know when you'll be back. If you say "I'll be right back", it means you'll be back very soon (probably within seconds or minutes).
     
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