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Within vs. Inside vs Inside of

Which of the following might you use? An event happens...

Inside the first five lines of the poem
Inside of the first five lines of the poem
Within the first five lines of the poem



May. 13th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'd only use "inside" in a situation such as a poem had been carved into stone with big letters and there was an object (not an event) tucked into one of the letters.

I'm trying hard, and unsuccessfully, to think of any situation where I would say "inside of" unless it was referring to the inner surface ("The inside of the box was black")
May. 14th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
It took me a couple hours, but I thought of one (but just one): I've heard "inside of an hour, [blahblahblah happened]".

I wouldn't really use "inside of" for anything but a physical object, though, either.
May. 14th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
I only use 'inside of' prepositionally for Groucho Marx quotations.