I would like to know the correct usage of this preposition:

Is it correct to say:

"Position within the Organization"


"Position in the Organization"?

In which context is it correct to use one over the other or are they exactly equivalent?

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    Within the event of an emergency, no.
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:31
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    Obviously, the answer is no, since you yourself substituted within for in, not for in the.
    – oerkelens
    Mar 9, 2019 at 13:34
  • @oerkelens substitution does not imply a difference in all cases.
    – user191394
    Mar 9, 2019 at 13:36
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    What I meant is that your question is about substituting within for in the, but your examples substitutes withing the for in the, or within for in. The article is there in both cases, though your question implies it can be elided, which, obviously, it can't.
    – oerkelens
    Mar 9, 2019 at 13:47
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    @Mika'il If in the were to become within, then position in the organization would become position within organization. But it doesn't. Instead, it's position in [the] organization that becomes position within [the] organization. The word the is left alone—only in is changed. Mar 9, 2019 at 19:48

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Yes their usage depends on the context. 'In' is a more firm preposition. If the organisation is very big and the position-holder in question is not very prominent inside the organisation, then use "within". Otherwise, use "in". For eg. consider the Company 'Apple' : Mr ABC holds a position within this organisation. Tim Cook holds the top position in the organisation.

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