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Is "successfully" redundant? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 2:12:31 AM
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This was successfully accomplished the following day by a squad of sailors.

Is "successfully" redundant?

Thanks.
thar
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:32:41 AM

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Yes, it is redundant - you can't unsuccessfully accomplish something!

But it is OK to use it as an emphasiser. A bit odd with 'accomplished' but common with 'achieved' which has exactly the same issue of including success in its own meaning.
For some reason it feels a bit odd with 'accomplished' though. It can be quickly or easily accomplished - that is how you do it - but 'successfully' feels odd with this particular word, although it is common with 'achieved'.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:47:17 AM

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It sounds OK to me, when used as a 'reversal' or comparison.
The actual USE of "successfully" is emphasis as thar mentioned.

"They had been trying to build a solar-powered car for years then, last year, they successfully accomplished it."

The sentence would be fine without "successfully" but the contrast between "trying" and "successfully accomplishing" seems stronger.


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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 5:12:25 AM
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Thanks, thar and DragOnspeaker.
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