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    Smile Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.




    Is the underlined "in" optional? If not, why not? If yes, why yes? Thanks.

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    Re: Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    It is optional because the meaning is still clear and the sentence still sounds okay. But if you want to keep the second "in" keep it. (the sentence also omits the second "lies". no problem)

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    Re: Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    Thanks, 2006.

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    Re: Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.




    Is the underlined "in" optional? If not, why not? If yes, why yes? Thanks.

    I don't think it's optional. Take out the first phrase (and the conjunction, "but") and you have:
    Our problem lies in how to do it.
    That makes sense. If you take out the "in" it doesn't make sense.

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    Re: Our problem lies not in what to do but in how to do it.

    You can't just take out the first phrase; the first phrase sets the pattern of thought.
    Of course 'Our problem lies how to do it.' doesn't make sense.

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