Twins = Two

Posted on October 2, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Whenever I hear someone describing a set of twins and they refer to them as “two twins,” I have to smile.  Twins IS two, so why say, “the two twins?”   Sort of like describing a red barn and calling it “the red red barn.”  Exacting how red can the barn be?  This is a very common mistake and the only place “two twins” would work is if one is describing two twins, one of two different sets.  Such a discussion wouldn’t come up very often in every day life.  It makes me wonder too, although I have yet to hear it, if triplets are referred to as “the three triplets?”  Probably not.  So folks, here we have it:  Twins = Two, so the “two” in front of twins is usually redundant.    Best best wishes!   LOL

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