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    "in" and "within"

    Dear Teachers,

    What are the differences between the use of "in" and that of "within"?


    and what are the differences between the use of "study" and "studying"?

    [eg. I found that the support from my teachers greatly helps increasing the efficiency of my studying.

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    Re: "in" and "within"

    I would always use 'in' except in cases where you mean 'inside the boundaries of...'. Consider these two sentences:

    The job had to be done in a week (it would take a week to do it)
    The job had to be done within a week (completed in no more than seven days from the day the order was given).

    But: The rule applied only within the school grounds (where within means inside)

    And: Sorry, been interrupted. Hope this helps.

    Dave


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    Re: "in" and "within"

    thank Dave,

    and how about the case below?

    "I love the freedom of studying within my school"

    Does within better that in, for a school has its boundary?

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    Re: "in" and "within"

    Yes I think so, because you are emphasing your enjoyment of studying INSIDE the school as opposed to outside school (at home etc). 'In' would probably not give this emphasis.

    As for studying as a noun, this seems rather cumbersome and I would suggest study, or studies.

    Studying is the present participle of the verb 'study' as in ' I am studying French'

    Dave

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