Monday, April 28, 2008

Equally bad

I was listening to the radio on the way to work when I heard a professor being interviewed about two writers. He stated that one wrote "equally as well" as the other.

Nope. Equally as well is redundant. What the good professor meant to say was that one wrote as well as the other or that they were equally good writers.

Like this:
  • Emma and Sam are equally talented violinists.
  • Emma is as talented as Sam.

Or:

  • Jack is as tall as Michael.
  • Jack and Michael are equally tall.

There's no need to pack the sentence with both equally and as. For clarity and precision, choose one or the other.

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