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Are 'in my hand' and 'eating' redundant? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017 9:07:43 PM
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I am holding the shirt in my hand.
I like eating durians.

Are 'in my hand' and 'eating' redundant?

Thanks.
Hope123
Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017 10:18:06 PM

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Hi Elaine. Since I have no idea what Durians are, "eating" is not redundant. :)

In number one you could, for some weird reason, be holding it in your teeth.




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palapaguy
Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017 11:10:26 PM

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Hope123 wrote:
Hi Elaine. Since I have no idea what Durians are, "eating" is not redundant. :)

In number one you could, for some weird reason, be holding it in your teeth.



I liked durians too, when I lived in Indonesia. But the "shirt" thing escapes me.
palapaguy
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OH!!! I just got it!
Yes, I suppose they are. But the forms of those questions are perfectly common and acceptable.
TMe
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None is redundant.

I am a layman.
mactoria
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Koh Elaine: Not sure of the technical rules (if any) that apply, but I don't believe that "in my hands" is redundant. "In my hands" clarifies how you're holding the shirt, instead of in your arms or in a basket with your hands, for instance. As for "eating" the durian, the vast majority of people hearing that sentence would assume you mean "eating," but "eating" does clarify that you don't mean something like the way they look, their color, or some other feature of the fruit other than the flavor.

BTW, do you really like durian? I've never eaten one (don't see them even in well stocked markets in the Central Valley of Cal) but have heard people say that the durian's awful smell is also in the flavor. What does a durian taste similar to?
Koh Elaine
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mactoria wrote:
Koh Elaine: Not sure of the technical rules (if any) that apply, but I don't believe that "in my hands" is redundant. "In my hands" clarifies how you're holding the shirt, instead of in your arms or in a basket with your hands, for instance. As for "eating" the durian, the vast majority of people hearing that sentence would assume you mean "eating," but "eating" does clarify that you don't mean something like the way they look, their color, or some other feature of the fruit other than the flavor.

BTW, do you really like durian? I've never eaten one (don't see them even in well stocked markets in the Central Valley of Cal) but have heard people say that the durian's awful smell is also in the flavor. What does a durian taste similar to?


It depends on the person. Some people find the smell awful and do not like the flavour either. Others like both. Durians used to be very expensive, but nowadays they are cheaper.

I like durians, but not so much.
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