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    Usage of "In"

    I have a question about the usage of the preposition "in" here:


    "Matt and Sweat used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall, squirmed through pipes and emerged from a manhole outside the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole in the killing of a sheriff's deputy in Broome County in 2002. Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss."


    The act of serving a sentence didn't happen as a part of the killing of a deputy. So, the use of "in" alone seems off. Would replacing "in" with "in connection with" be better?

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    Re: Usage of "In"

    No, it's fine as written.

    The sentence was a result of his actions in killing the deputy.

    Compare this to the following structure:

    In killing the deputy, he commited himself to a life sentence.
    Last edited by Skrej; 30-Jun-2015 at 01:34. Reason: expanded explanation

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    Re: Usage of "In"

    Can 'for' be used instead of 'in' in the OP's sentence?

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    #4

    Re: Usage of "In"

    Yes. And I would prefer that.

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    Re: Usage of "In"

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    No, it's fine as written.

    The sentence was a result of his actions in killing the deputy.

    Compare this to the following structure:

    In killing the deputy, he commited himself to a life sentence.
    Can I omit underlining in red? I think if the sentence is omiting underlining in red that would be more smooth.

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    Re: Usage of "In"

    Should it be 'he was committed to a life sentence'?

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    Re: Usage of "In"

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Can I omit underlining in red? I think if the sentence is omiting underlining in red that would be more smooth.
    No.

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    Re: Usage of "In"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Should it be 'he was committed to a life sentence'?
    Yes, Matthew, if you omit "himself", as Polyester suggested.

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    Re: Usage of "In"

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Can I omit underlining in red? I think if the sentence is omiting underlining in red that would be more smooth.
    I cannot see any underlined text in red in this thread, but I am not a teacher.

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