I just don't know why there's an in in the following sentence:

If she succeeds, she'll be in the first woman to hold a top position in the government.

Taken from this CNN story.

Why must there be a preposition and does it make any sense? What will be different if the preposition is omitted?

  • Where is this quote from? It seems incorrect to put in there. It would make more sense for there to be a fullstop after in. Mar 13, 2014 at 9:39
  • The in does not belong there. Nothing belongs there as the sentence is written. Mar 13, 2014 at 9:39
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    I suspect it's a printing or typing error on the part of CNN - unless Liu Yandong intends to do something either rude or disgusting with some high-powered woman, of course! ;-) Mar 13, 2014 at 9:41

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The use of in in that sentence is incorrect. There should be no word where in is.

  • Thank you all. I'll just assume it's a typing error, but if you google "in the first woman", a number of results where "in" is used this way will show up. Hard to explain.
    – user68700
    Mar 19, 2014 at 7:51

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