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    Default You should punch in the number in the box.

    You should punch in the number in the box.

    Do we need two ins in the sentence? I think that I can also say, "You should punch the number in the box." for the same meaning. The context is when I try to buy something with my cell phone and I have an authorization number. Thank you so much as usual.

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    Default Re: You should punch in the number in the box.

    You should punch in (to the phone) the number (that is) in the box.

    I am not sure that 'punch' is the best verb, but the two ins are required.

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    Default Re: You should punch in the number in the box.

    Ah! Thank you, and then how about "You should punch in the number in your phone"? I think that we do not need two ins in the sentence, right? Thank you so much.

    Context is when I should put some numbers into my phone and actually I meant it in the first example.

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    Default Re: You should punch in the number in the box.

    What is the "box"?

    Do you mean enter it into your list of contacts?
    Or do you just mean to dial it?

    In either case, "punch" is (as said above) probably not the best choice.
    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: You should punch in the number in the box.

    It is the blanks in the program and I think that we do not need two ins if it means "put the numbers into the blanks". What do you think? Thank you so much.

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    Default Re: You should punch in the number in the box.

    Enter this number in your contacts list.
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