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    Hi,

    Is the second "in" necessary here?


    He was called on to fill in in an emergency.


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: in

    Yes, "fill in" is the phrasal verb, and "in an emergency" says when. Because it's so inelegant, the person writing it might want to recast the sentence.
    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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