View Poll Results: Is the second "in" in the example sentence optional?

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    Default Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    Is the second "in" in the example sentence optional?

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    Default Re: Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    I`d say it`s rather necessary than optional.

    Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    Our problem lies in...but not in....

    I might be wrong, but I think that the preposition in is necessary here.

    Lie is an intransitive verb whose meaning is to consist or have as a basis and it is often used with the preposition in:

    The strength of his performance lies in his training.

    lie - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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    Default Re: Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    Thank you.

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