reply back vs reply : Common Errors in English

About reply back vs reply

“Reply back” is redundant because “reply” already conveys the idea of getting back to someone. The same is true of “answer back” except in the rather old-fashioned use of the phrase to describe the behavior of a lippy kid rudely refusing to submit to the wishes of parents or teachers.

reply Meaning(s)

  • (n) a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
  • (n) the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
  • (v) react verbally

reply in News

  1. Dog of little consequence in fight against drugs

    This is in reply to the letter to the editor in Friday’s edition, “Police Callous in Killing Dog.”
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Olean Times Herald

  2. The Brown Alumni Listserv Is Having an Epic Reply-All Fail

    Scene of the crime. One of the small, periodic joys of belonging to mass e-mail listservs is the rare occasion when a reply-all function is accidentally turned on, enabling anyone on the list to spam thousands of people at once.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Magazine

  3. Reply to entire June 4 editorial page

    I would like to reply with a few facts concerning the editorial and letters in the June 4 News-Letter. Each item makes and emotional plea and distorts the facts. I would like to offer just a few more facts and some common sense.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Exeter News-Letter

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