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A coach coached? Does this sentence sound ok: Head coach Alex Brown has previously coached in the Beltway League? I found this example in a paper. Isn't there tautology? Then can I say: the doctor doctored my wound? or the boss bossed sensibly?
Nov 1, 2012 6:37 AM
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It does seem like needless repetition. Although it may be grammatically acceptable, I was taught to avoid multiple uses of the same word in a sentence because it does not “sound right.” Your first sentence may be considered acceptable if the writer wishes to identify the person as a “head” coach, as distinct from other coaches. I don’t find it unusual. Your other two examples strike me as something to be avoided. When the same word is used twice in a sentence, the closer together they are, the more unpleasant the sound.
November 1, 2012
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