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    #1

    The sports day is an occasion which we can all join in.

    The sports day is an occasion which we can all join in.

    What part of speech is in in the above sentence, preposition or adverb?
    Last edited by sitifan; 12-Apr-2016 at 16:23.
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    #2

    Re: The sports day is an occasion which we can all join in.

    To me it's an adverb/adverbial particle of the phrasal verb join in. Others here might disagree. Anyway, I would correct the sentence to:

    Sports day is an occasion which we can all join in on.

    The extra on is necessary (to join in on sthg) but makes for a slightly awkward phrasing.

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    #3

    Re: The sports day is an occasion which we can all join in.

    Which is correct, join in a running race or join a running race?
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    #4

    Re: The sports day is an occasion which we can all join in.

    I'd use "participate in" or "take part in". I might join a running club but I wouldn't join/join in a race.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The sports day is an occasion which we can all join in.

    take part in a race

    If you join in, it suggests you started the race late, after everybody else.
    join essentially means 'connect to', (not really 'participate').

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