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    a question about preposition

    I have a question about the preposistion in the following sentence.
    "He stands a good chance of losing an extraordinary partner in his gifted wife and three unusually creative and promising children"
    What does "in" stand for? Why did the author put "in" before his gifted wife?
    Why not "He stands a good chance of losing an extraordinary partner, his gifted wife, and three unusually creative and promising children"?
    Because apparently "an extraordinary partner" means his wife.

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    Re: a question about preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by joseph0928 View Post
    Why not "He stands a good chance of losing an extraordinary partner, his gifted wife, and three unusually creative and promising children"?


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    Hello,

    Of course, I cannot answer your question, but I just wanted to contribute this thought.

    I do think that some other people (besides me) might find your revised sentence a bit ambiguous.

    That is to say, some of us might think that he stands the chance of losing four people: his extraordinary partner ("Mr. Smith," for example), his gifted wife ("Mona," for example), and his
    two brilliant children.

    By using "in," the author makes it plain that "an extraordinary partner" refers to his "gifted wife." That is to say, "He stands the chance of losing an extraordinary partner in [the person of] his gifted wife."

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    P.S. If you don't want to use "in," maybe you could say something like:

    "He stands a chance of losing his gifted wife, who is an extraordinary partner, and three creative and promising children."
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    Re: a question about preposition

    Think of it in this way:

    "He stands a good chance of losing an extraordinary partner (in the person of his gifted wife) and three unusually creative and promising children"

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    Re: a question about preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I do think that some other people (besides me) might find your revised sentence a bit ambiguous.

    That is to say, some of us might think that he stands the chance of losing four people: his extraordinary partner ("Mr. Smith," for example), his gifted wife ("Mona," for example), and his
    two brilliant children.."
    There were three children in the original, making a possible five in all.

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    Re: a question about preposition

    Thank you guys.
    Your opinions are really helpful.
    So, "in" is for "in the person of". This really answers my question.

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    Re: a question about preposition

    Yes, his wife was the extraordinary partner.

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