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    Preposition in VS out of

    Normally, I use preposition in in such sentences as
    1. 9 in 10 homes now have cable TV.
    2. Three in ten people do not approve the bill.
    3. His chance of surviving is one in three.

    But from time to time I come across these sentences:

    4. Nine out of ten people think that the government is right.

    5. Last year, no fewer than one out of every eight seniors at Yale University

    So, are in and out of interchangeable?
    1. 9 out of 10 homes now have cable TV.
    2. Three out of ten people do not approve the bill.
    3. His chance of surviving is one out of three.
    4 .Nine in ten people think that the government is right.
    5 .Last year, no fewer than one in every eight seniors at Yale University
    And if they are, should I prefer in to out of?

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    Re: Preposition in VS out of

    They are interchangeable in some cases. I would use "out of" in 1, 2, and 4.
    Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.

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