Tuesday 4 April 2023

Grammar: Redundancy 2

The plague of, scourge of, threat of, cancer of, crisis of, menace of, curse of... Will your sentence work just as well without them? 

Truck driver shortage crisis now spreading across the whole of Europe. (Just "truck driver shortage" will do – and so on.)

The cancer of corruption. (David Cameron)

In Brexit Britain the rot of racism runs deep.

The Government are all talk - and are clearly not serious about tackling the scourge of sewage in our rivers. Simon Lightwood MP

How police deal with the scourge of drug driving (Cambrian News)

The UK must tackle the curse of plastic sachets (Guardian headline) 

When will Britain end the plague of e-scooters?
(Daily Mail)

New street rules will clamp down on ‘fight against the plague of potholes’ New rules are being introduced to help the Government and drivers deal with the scourge of potholes, by clamping down on repair companies. (Daily Express)

As the Nazi menace spread across Europe (@PunchBook).

We will always support measures that deal head on with the cancer of discrimination. (Michael Howard  2004)

The cancer of litigation. (David Davis, 2004)

The crisis of AIDS. (Sunday Times, 2012)

Christians fear spectre of extremism. (Times 2012)

The onslaught of winter. (Do you mean "onset"?)

End the scourge of oil theft.

As the threat of war loomed. (BBC)

How to beat the scourge of youth knife crime (Times headline 2018)

If we want to combat the scourge of prejudice, we ought to commit to reversing this process, and take responsibility for the beauty of our own lives, both its tragedies and its joys. (@HdxAcademy) 

That thing above is a real-life scourge.

More redundancy here.

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