English grammar rule Phrase repetition

Usually, repeated words or phrases are typos. However, occasionally a word or phrase can still be repeated in a sentence. The most common is had had when using to have in the past perfect tense. (If he had had water instead of coffee . . .)

Examples of 'Phrase repetition' rule

  1. Incorrect Jimmy had to make a a doctor’s appointment.
    Correct Jimmy had to make a doctor’s appointment.
    Incorrect Michael said he would he would get here soon.
    Correct Michael said he would get here soon.
    Incorrect Christel chose to to skip the dance.
    Correct Christel chose to skip the dance.
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