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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
11(11.7%)
Inside of the first five lines of the poem
1(1.1%)
Within the first five lines of the poem
82(87.2%)

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eulistes
May. 13th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Me neither. Actually, both "inside" and "inside of" sounded seriously wrong (colloquial, maybe in a regional sense?) to me.

"In the first five lines of the poem" and "within the first five lines of the poem" have different connotations for me—"within" is more cumulative, whereas "in" is more strictly delimiting.

Interesting question!