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    pinbong is offline Junior Member
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    Default "gains in importance" or "gains importance"??

    Hi, teachers:

    The following sentence comes from a piece of article I've mentioned before in another thread of mine: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post692551


    But in dealing with the young, the fact of association itself as an immediate human fact, gains in importance.
    I've read someone wrote "this new project gains momentum" (without a "in" inbetween)

    Since "gains in importance" was written by Mr. John Dewey, and "gains momentum" by a top journalist, I suppose both usages are grammatically right, aren't they?

    What's the subtle differences of using "in" or not? I can sort of sense it but can not clearly express it.

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    Default Re: "gains in importance" or "gains importance"??

    gains momentum = acquires momentum- could be from stationary
    gains in importance = increases importance- already had some importance at the start

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