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inside vs. in

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  1. the_one_and_only Senior Member

    Romania, Romanian
    Hi,

    Could you, please, tell me whether inside and in, respectively outside and out are interchangeable?
    Could you, for instance, say: There are lots of people inside/in the bank.
    Thanks lots!
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    No, they are not interchangeable. There can be lots of people either inside or in the bank. But when it comes time to play, we are all going to jump in the pool.
     
  3. the_one_and_only Senior Member

    Romania, Romanian
    I understood.
    Thank you!
     
  4. the_one_and_only Senior Member

    Romania, Romanian
    But could you tell: They are inside the pool, please?
    Thanks!
     
  5. You understood?

    I'm hanged if I did.

    What the heck's that supposed to mean, Copyright?

    Rover
     
  6. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Nothing unfathomable -- just that "in" and "inside" are not interchangeable, even in the confines of a "container." So you can be in or inside a bank, a house, a hole, a corral or a yard, but you'll only find yourself in a pool. Pool was simply the first exception that came to mind.
     
  7. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    For some reason, we're never inside the pool. :)
     
  8. the_one_and_only Senior Member

    Romania, Romanian
    OK, I´ve got that!
    Thank you!
     
  9. Little_LIS

    Little_LIS Senior Member

    Egypt
    Arabic,Egypt
    What about this sentence:

    "Inside"/"In" a bag ? Are both right ?
     
  10. the_one_and_only Senior Member

    Romania, Romanian
    Yes, they are, Dr. Susy.
     

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