join in/participate in at least one event

bamboo--tw

Senior Member
ROC/Mandarin
Every student is asked to join in/participate in at least one event on Sports Day.


Hi,
Do both "join in" and "participate in" fit in the above and mean about the same? Thanks.
 
  • henryhiggins

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Participate in is better.
    You join a group, or you join someone in an action. 'Please join me in singing our National Anthem.

    The expression join in (to take part with others) can lead to the awkward,
    "Everyone should join in in playing one event." The "in in", although technically correct, looks and sounds strange.
     
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