§ 16. Avoid doublets and triplets.
Edit the following sentences to eliminate the redundancies without changing the meaning:
Find two examples of doublets or triplets in your apartment lease, mortgage, car-loan agreement, or other personal contract. Suggest a revision that eliminates the redundancy without (in your opinion) changing the meaning. If you're part of a writing group or class, bring a copy of the before-and-after versions for each colleague.
In the literature on legal language, find at least three discussions of the origin and modern use of doublets and triplets. Write a short essay (1,000 to 1,500 words) reporting your findings.
© 2001, Bryan A. Garner
These exercises appear in Bryan A. Garner's Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises, published by The University of Chicago Press and available at bookstores and on the Web at www.press.uchicago.edu.