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    Default it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to run

    Hello,

    Is it OK to use the preposition in in this sentence:
    'it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to run'?

    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to

    'in' does not sound right to me; I'd go for 'for' or 'on'.
    That's only a personal opinion.

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    Default Re: it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    'in' does not sound right to me; I'd go for 'for' or 'on'.
    That's only a personal opinion.
    I agree, "in" makes me imagine the guarantee folded up inside one of the shoes.

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    Default Re: it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to

    What if I put it this way:

    It was a pair of shoes whose guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to run.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to

    I'm not crazy about "whose" for a pair of shoes, although I know it's used.

    Are you looking for a real rewrite, or just playing with how the parts can come together in different ways?

    These were shoes that still had two months left on a six-month guarantee.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to

    Are there a lot of warranty claims happening on shoes? Do they pro-rate the warranty like they do with tires?

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    Default Re: it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to

    Hello everyone,

    The other day I was sorting out through my inbox, and could not but read an e-mail letter from Lewis Geary. He is said to be one of the gurus of the internet marketing. The weekly mail is called The Rich Life Letter. I do not remember why I subscribed to the letter, but the language is great, there are a lot of interesting language constructions and here is what I read in it:

    'I want to share some experiences and tips of readers who've suffered
    at the hands of rude staff.' And then: 'And here's a great example of not letting the issue drop...

    "Hi Lewis, The last time I take an item back for replacement (it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to run) I followed the instructions to the letter. The shop assistant said they could not replace them because they had been worn (which is what I bought them for!!) and they showed signs of wear (yes because I walk a lot). So
    they could not replace the shoes but could give me 1/3 off the price of a new pair.

    The preposition 'in' caught my eye; I am looking for some interesting material to be included in the translation course I will be reading to freshman international economics students. Usually the issue of dependent prepositions comes up, and this sentence about guarantee for shoes presents some interest.
    That is how this post found its way on the forum.

    Best wishes,

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    Default Re: it was a pair of shoes in which the guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to

    It was a pair of shoes whose guarantee of 6 months still had 2 months to run.
    That sounds good to me.

    Rover

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