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How to Use the Repeats Check

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Published Jun 25, 2019

How to Use The Repeats Check

Repeating a word or phrase happens to the best of us, especially if you’re writing an article and using a specific vocabulary for your topic. You won’t even notice you’ve used the same word several times in the span of one paragraph because it’s foremost in your mind. But those repeats can set off an echo in the reader’s mind – that subconscious feeling of “Didn’t he just say that?” It can be irritating to read and, worse, it can detract from what you are trying to say. The more uncommon a word or phrase, the more likely it is to echo, even pages apart.

Consider the following text:

  • At your next get-together, cook together as a family and enjoy the benefits of creating a meal together and the bond you’ll create.

It is easy as the reader to point out how many times “together” is used in the above example, but as the writer, you know what you meant to express and so the emphasis sounds natural to you.

Although it happens all the time, it can be difficult for you, as the writer, to spot when you re-read it. When you are editing you usually go over the same piece several times and so you become impervious to that echo feeling. And when you are looking at a sentence on its own and making amendments, you can sometimes input a word that is just right for that sentence, forgetting that you also used it in the one before or after.

ProWritingAid’s Repeats Check highlights words and phrases repeated within a few paragraphs so you can easily track down unintended repetition and replace it with a more diverse vocabulary.

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I tried to do the repeats but it is very confusing. How do I find the repeats? There are so many it fills the page and I don't know how to find them.
By horsecounsellor on 11 October 2018, 06:12 PM
There is Echo, then all repeats and then overused... all 3 do almost the same. I am lost.
By Rashmi Agrawal on 16 October 2018, 01:14 PM
I like this facility. However, I would like to specify the word I want to check for repeats. The words and phrases are, seemingly, picked at random. Does this facility exist?
By royjackaman1 on 05 August 2019, 04:09 PM
What is the normal percentage for repeats. Dialogue attributions are bound to be repeated specially for middle grade and YA fiction. Can genre specific reports be generated?
By deepshikha.mehta on 12 February 2020, 12:38 AM

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