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Which of the following sentences is correct? If both of them are correct, then what is the different in their meaning?

1: Return it back to me.
2: Return it to me.
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Only #2 is correct; #1 is egregiously redundant.
1. Isn't strictly incorrect but the 'back' is redundant as return means 'give back'.

2. Correct
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Jackson6612Which of the following sentences is correct? If both of them are correct, then what is the different in their meaning?

1: Return it back to me.
2: Return it to me.

Hi Jackson

'Return' means 'give back'.

So, 'Return it back to me' will mean 'Give back back to me.'

That's why, sentence 1 is wrong.

Similary, you cannot say 'Repeat again what you've said.'
Yoong LiatSimilary, you cannot say 'Repeat again what you've said.'

Not to split hairs, but sure you can.

He mumbled his name. I asked him to repeat it. He mumbled again. I had to ask him to repeat it again.

You can repeat something numerous times. You can only give something back once. (Unless it's returned to you and then you give it back a second time.)
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Yoong Liat
Similary, you cannot say 'Repeat again what you've said.'

Not to split hairs, but sure you can.

He mumbled his name. I asked him to repeat it. He mumbled again. I had to ask him to repeat it again.

You can repeat something numerous times. You can only give something back once. (Unless it's returned to you and then you give it back a second time.)

I agree. I was referring to a situation in which it is said once more. For example, John said his name very softly when his teacher asked him, 'What is your name?" John replied very softy, 'My name is John.' So the teacher asked him again, 'Please repeat what you said.'

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I had to ask him to repeat it again.
Not to split hairs Emotion: smile , but is it the having to ask that happened again, the asking him that happened again, or the repeating that was to happen again?

My first instinct was to interpret it as asking again, not as repeating again. Emotion: big smile

Is there an analogous pattern with a legitimate use for return back?
(I can't think of one.)

CJ
I'll return the form to you then, once you've signed it, you can return it back to me?
OK. Why not? That works for me.

CJ
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