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lutfi 711


what is the difference between :inside   and   in

22 Mar 2013      

United States

There is very little difference, except in emphasis. "Inside" emhasizes being contained. "In" is more a location matter.
Your brain is inside your skull. (totally contained in the bone)
Your brain is in your skull. (location)
"There is no one in the house" is a simple statement that the house is empty.
"There is no one inside the house" implies that there are, or might be, people in the yard.
If a shirt is in a box, but one sleeve is hanging over the edge, we could say "The shirt is in the box", but we probably wouldn īt say "The shirt is inside the box", since it isn īt totally contained.


22 Mar 2013