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    Steps in the process or of the process?

    Hi there,

    I am a student who enjoys writing as a hobby, but I am really struggling to find an answer to a very particular question.

    I was wondering whether it is more grammatically correct to say:

    "you will need this for several steps in this process" or "you will need this for several steps of this process"

    I would like to know for sure and understand why, although I understand that the answer may be that they're both equally correct.

    Could anyone help with this?

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    Re: Steps in the process or of the process?

    In AE, it's 'steps in the process'.

    We do talk about 'parts of the process'. You may find examples of part(s) in the process, but I think that's because of the many definitions of part. Part can be a synonym for role, and something/someone may have/play a role in a process.

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    Re: Steps in the process or of the process?

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    In AE, it's 'steps in the process'.
    Thank you for taking the time to reply to quickly! :)

    Sorry for what may be a very dumb question but - What do you mean by "in AE" ?

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    Re: Steps in the process or of the process?

    It's not a dumb question.

    AE = American English

    BE = British English

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    Re: Steps in the process or of the process?

    The only dumb question is the one we do not ask.

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    Re: Steps in the process or of the process?

    AE might mean American English (AmE).
    It could also mean Australian English (AusE), the second commonest in the set of AEs, Antiguan English...

    Similarly, BE in the right context, could mean the English of Britain (BrE), Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Bahamas, Botswana, Burundi ... in which countries English is an official or national language.

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    Re: Steps in the process or of the process?

    In order to avoid such confusion, many of us here use:

    BrE (British English)
    AmE (American English)
    AusE (Australian English)
    CanE (Canadian English)
    NZE (New Zealand English)

    Those are the main variants that are mentioned on the forum.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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