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Is punctuation required between the repeated in's?

"...users who are still active yet haven't logged in in more than x days..."

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    Punctuation is unnecessary here. The sentence is valid and meaningful, despite the awkward repetition. – SEL Oct 31 '13 at 22:19
  • Looks fine to me. – skullpatrol Oct 31 '13 at 22:19
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No, that sentence is OK, as is. It just looks odd. Punctuation would only make it look odder.

On the other hand, when I am writing and run into circumstances like that, I try my best to find another way around the double-word.

This is how I would handle this one:

"...users who are still active yet haven't logged in for more than x days..."

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    The suggestion is a natural one but equivocal over additional senses meaning "users who are still active yet haven't remained logged in for more than x days" or even "users who are still active yet haven't logged in for a cumulative total of of more than x days". I would prefer "...users who are still active (or active users) and who have gone x consecutive days without logging in..." – Merk Oct 31 '13 at 23:06
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    @Merk, it's going to vary depending upon circumstances, as you point out. I was addressing the questioner's immediate concern, not trying to digress over the entire problem space. – Cyberherbalist Oct 31 '13 at 23:13
  • I actually had changed the sentence to read: "...users who are still active yet haven't logged in for more than x days..." as it sounded better. I was just curious as to whether it was technically correct or not. – mhouston100 Nov 1 '13 at 0:38
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    Another rewording option would be "users who .. haven't logged on in more than x days..." – J.R. Nov 1 '13 at 12:55

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