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“Repeats” or “Repeats Itself?”

Contact Info: Dan Mitchell

Office: A15
Email: mitchelldan@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8511

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday
Room A11:
15 minutes before 9:30 Music 1A
10 minutes after 9:30 Music 1A
Room A91:
15 minutes before 12:30 Music 51
10 minutes after 12:30 Music 51.

A new writing/speaking mistake is becoming more common. Let’s see if you recognize it. One of the following sentences makes sense. One does not.

  • I repeat myself.
  • The music repeats itself.

If you say something, you may “repeat yourself” by saying it a second time. In fact, if you are a musician you may repeat music that you previously played.

However, while music may repeat, the music is not doing the repeating. It is fine to say that, “The music repeats.” But it makes no sense to say that music repeats itself.

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Contact Info: Dan Mitchell

Office: A15
Email: mitchelldan@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8511

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday
Room A11:
15 minutes before 9:30 Music 1A
10 minutes after 9:30 Music 1A
Room A91:
15 minutes before 12:30 Music 51
10 minutes after 12:30 Music 51.
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