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I was about to add that

I was about to add that redundancy is another word I think people are thinking when they use circular. I looked up circular and found a fitting example and explanation: "Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan are banging at the doors, and the political establishment, consisting of politicians and the media, seems determined not to let them in on the grounds that they have no public support."

I think this example is redundant, not circular: "President Reagan was a great communicator because he had the knack of talking effectively to the people." This example's second clause is the first clause said differently. lol. What a hoot.

The second example is a rewording of the first clause in the sentence's second, final clause. The first example doesn't consist of rewording; rather, it, the first example, an argument consisting of multiple statements (noted, in one sentence) is what a statement says and how it relates to the ones before and/or after it. The second example pertains to the sentence (itself), the words comprising the sentence that says the same message twice, bringing the description redundancy. So, circular-ism concerns argument and redundancy concerns statement? Perhaps an argument can be redundant, also.

The website is http://grammar.about.com/od/c/g/circargterm.htm

What do you think about these examples, Cyril -- are they the same or different?

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