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Is "to death" redundant?

A toddler drowned in a toilet yesterday.
A toddler drowned to death in a toilet yesterday.

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Base language: English
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    It is in this case as 'drowned' implies death already. Some other words would require 'to death' though. For example:
    "He was stabbed to death."
    The word 'stabbed' doesn't imply death, it just implies thrusting knife wounds. You have to add 'to death' to ensure the audience knows that the stabbing was fatal.
    Hope this helps.

    Also, very sad subject =(

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