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“Repeats” or “Repeats Itself?”

Contact Info: Dan Mitchell

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

Office Hours: Spring

 Monday thru Thursday
  8:50 am - 9:15 am
  11:20 am - 11:45 am
 (other times by appointment)

Office Hours: Fall & Winter

Monday and Wednesday
  8:50 am - 9:20 am
  11:20 am - 11:50 am
 Tuesday and Thursday
  8:30 am - 9:20 am
(other times by appointment)

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.

Contact Info: Dan Mitchell

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

Office Hours: Spring

 Monday thru Thursday
  8:50 am - 9:15 am
  11:20 am - 11:45 am
 (other times by appointment)

Office Hours: Fall & Winter

Monday and Wednesday
  8:50 am - 9:20 am
  11:20 am - 11:50 am
 Tuesday and Thursday
  8:30 am - 9:20 am
(other times by appointment)
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