Is “left” redundant?

Reply Mon 13 Mar, 2023 02:53 pm
He was just 10 years old when he was told that he was incurably ill and had only a few months left to live.

Is “left” redundant?

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Reply Mon 13 Mar, 2023 03:06 pm
"Left to live" is commonly used; it's not really necessary but it's not really redundant either. It softens the finality of just using "to live".
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Reply Mon 13 Mar, 2023 04:38 pm
Context makes a difference too.

If the article then goes on to say he lived a much longer life, then left signifies a distinction between how long the Doctors gave him and how long he actually lived.
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