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    Default in & within

    can anybody tell me the difference between "in" & "within" ?
    thanks in advance~

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    Default Re: in & within

    'Within' normally implies a limit of restriction of some sort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Within' normally implies a limit of restriction of some sort.

    is there any differnce between " in 2 years" & "within 2 years" ?
    they both work, right?

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    Default Re: in & within

    Within two years- sounds a bit stronger as a deadline. Also, 'in two years' can mean starting at the end of the two-year period.

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    Default Re: in & within

    within means inside the limits smth. (it is used mainly with time)

    For example:
    I must finish my work within 5 days. (It means not late than five days, the the fifth day is a limit.)


    But whan we use in with time we usually mean the future.

    For example:
    I'm leaving for England in 2 days. (It means,I'll go to England 2 days later. )


    I hope i was able to explain to you a bit.
    If have any question, feel free to ask again.

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