Close and proximity
"This" probably indicates that you are holding the book or that you are in close proximity to it. Is the sentence redundant?
Technically, I suppose it is. In the US, we usually use close proximity to mean very near, rather than just nearby. It also might indicate the difference between knowing exactly where at item is and knowing it is somewhere around.
If the book is somewhere in my house, it is in my proximity. I can get to it soon.
If the book is in close proximity, it's probably within arm's reach.
|link||answered Jul 06 '12 at 05:30 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
Yes, it is redundant. I often use the phrase in speech, but I try not to in my formal writing.
Many (most?) people have bad habits that they often use in speech. Many of these bad habits sneak into their writing. Personally, I have more than a few speech habits that I abhor in writing. But as hard as I try, they still find their way into my writing. So, for my book manuscript, I've written a VBA macro that searches my writing and "corrects" my common mistakes. "Close proximity" is one of those items it finds and changes.
The VBA macro also adds diacritic marks to Spanish words and enforces some stylistic consistency. As it stands now, it "corrects" a couple hundred items in my writing.
|link||edited Jul 06 '12 at 05:50 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
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