Tautology is when something is repeated, but it is said using different words. There are times when repetition is accidental-the writer or speaker did not mean to repeat the idea. However, there are times when tautology is done for effect. Repeating an idea in a different way can bring attention to the idea.
1. The hot summer sun was scorching.
2. I personally made this card for you with my own hands.
3. The soggy ground was wet and covered in mud.
4. I apologize because I am very sorry that I broke your bowl.
5. The teacher assisted me by helping me to complete the math problem.
Examples of Tautology from Speech, Literature, and Music
1. "I want to live while I am alive." Bon Jovi
2. "And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved." Genesis 43:14, The Bible
3. "Allow myself to introduce myself." Austin Powers
4. "With malice toward none, and with charity for all." Abraham Lincoln