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    #1

    Washing inside of the nose.

    Hi,

    Are the following correct?

    a) Washing inside of the nose.
    b) Pouring water over the whole body.

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    #2

    Re: Washing inside of the nose.

    Either phrase could be correct as part of a sentence.
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    #3

    Re: Washing inside of the nose.

    I can't see how "a" can work. Perhaps you meant "washing the inside of the nose."

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    Re: Washing inside of the nose.

    Doctors recommend washing inside of the nose with a saline solution to reduce swelling and remove mucus when fighting sinus infections.
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    #5

    Re: Washing inside of the nose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Doctors recommend washing inside of the nose with a saline solution to reduce swelling and remove mucus when fighting sinus infections.
    Can the sentence do without the definite article?
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    #6

    Re: Washing inside of the nose.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Can the sentence do without the definite article?
    I would say it's optional here.

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    #7

    Re: Washing inside of the nose.

    I think you either need the article or alternatively a possessive adjective.
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    #8

    Re: Washing inside of the nose.

    You don't even need "of" there, thus:

    Doctors recommend washing inside the nose with a saline solution....

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    #9

    Re: Washing inside of the nose.

    I would go so far as to say "inside of the nose" is incorrect. "The inside of the nose" describes the actual part of the body. There, "the inside" means "the interior".
    "Inside the nose" refers to the location. I've never understood why some people use things like "The cat is inside of the box" or "He's standing outside of the house". They should be "The cat is inside the box" and "He's standing outside the house". They refer to the location of the cat and the man respectively.
    Adding "of" only works with something like "He painted the outside of the house".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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