The sentence: "This means that if you are in any way different, you could possibly find yourself in a column in a newspaper"

I am not sure whether it is correct to have 'in' two times in a row, maybe on a newspaper? But that sounds incorrect too..

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    It's fine to repeat a preposition. "In a canyon, in a cavern, ..." – Peter Shor Jan 15 '16 at 13:00
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    What you have written is fine, but "in a newspaper column" is briefer and avoids the duplication if it bothers you. Frankly, "could possibly" strikes me as more redundant. – jejorda2 Jan 15 '16 at 13:27
  • @jejorda2 Thank you, that does indeed sound more eloquent. Do you have a suggestion for "Could possibly?" Or should I just remove the word "Possibly"? – shotdown Jan 15 '16 at 13:48
  • try removing the second phrase by saying "in a newspaper column". – Skooba Jan 15 '16 at 15:08
  • @jejorda2 excuse me, why using "could possibly" is redundant in your opinion? I don't think it is as I have seen alot of people speaking that way, so it's normal and always used. – RioBeginner Mar 29 '18 at 9:02

There is no rule against using the same preposition in consecutive prepositional phrases:

I was in my suit in a car in a hold in a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

I'm hard pressed to think of an example right off, but I'd venture to say that there have been many writers who have employed doing so as a literary scheme or a rhetorical device, that even the best writers have done exactly this.


I knew I'd come up with a literary example:

I would not, could not, in the rain,

not in the dark, not on a train,

not in a car, not in a tree.

I do not like them, Sam, you see,

not in a house, not in a box,

not with a mouse, not with a fox.

I will not eat them here or there.

I do not like them anywhere!

-Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

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