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Does one say

Plugging in that value into the previous equation...

or

Plugging that value in the previous equation...

or something else?

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pluggin in into is for sure wrong - if you remove the in in the first sentence I think you will be fine –  mplungjan Apr 11 '11 at 6:19
    
What happened to good old "substitute"? –  Emre Apr 11 '11 at 6:46
    
Well... I have used "substitute" many times in my text. Therefore I have sometimes decided to plug in "plug in" instead of "substitute" ;-) –  Marco Apr 11 '11 at 8:19

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A combination of your two examples would be correct:

Plugging that value into the previous equation..

In this sentence you are dealing with the phrasal verb 'plug in', which has then been split by the noun ('that value').

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I did not have any documentation for my suggestion so I made it a comment.. –  mplungjan Apr 11 '11 at 9:13
    
@mplungjan: Thank you for your comment as well. I upgraded it! –  Marco Apr 12 '11 at 19:20

Either "Plug in that value" or "plug that value into" are fine depending on the rest of the sentence, but not "Plug in that value into".

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Removing the in could fix the sentence. –  Noah Jun 8 '12 at 23:48
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@Noah That's what I said. –  Kevin Jun 11 '12 at 19:38

protected by RegDwigнt Jun 8 '12 at 18:27

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