I wonder if we should make an idiom entry for "in a long time"? It seems like one would have to stretch the existing senses of "in" pretty far before they logically realized the meaning which "in" realizes in "in a long time". As in: "I haven't seen you in a long time". (Signed Language Lover)
- Of course we should. We need entries for all multiword terms, such as burn up, burn down, for a while, in a while, etc. —Stephen 17:15, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
In Arabic "in" is في, pronounced "fee". I don't know how to add this, though. Wrad 17:55, 25 October 2007 (UTC)
- It is already there. —Stephen 21:51, 25 October 2007 (UTC)
- Really? I don't see it at all. Wait, now I do, sorry, I'm new here. Wrad 21:59, 25 October 2007 (UTC)
- in + noun singular
- in + noun plural
- in + a + noun singular
- in + the + noun singular
- in + the + noun plural
- The work on this appendix has just begun.
- The plan includes:
- Basic formatting:
- lower case
- Addition of other collocations that are in wiktionary but not in the lists.
- Excluding apparent cases of attributive use of noun.
- Checking the nouns to make sure that we have the appropriate senses thereof.
- Classifying the nouns along multiple dimensions relevant to "in".
- Comparing presentations of "in" in dictionaries and other linguistic resources.
- Matching senses of "in" against classes of nouns.
- Making a reasonable set of not-too-much-overlapping definitions of in.
- Proposing elimination of any non-idiomatic prepositional phrases that have no other merit.
- Adding entries for any missing idioms involving the collocations.
- Basic formatting:
IOW, this is a way of making many types of improvements in wiktionary entries based on the use of the vast collocation databases available. Apart from the formatting I do not know how this could be automated, but would welcome any suggestions in that regard or in any other regard including the wisdom of the undertaking. DCDuring TALK 21:57, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
Glosses of Preposition
- 1 Contained by.
- 2 Surrounded by.
- 3 Part of; a member of.
- 4 Pertaining to (that particular thing).
- 5 After a period of time.
- 6 By virtue of; by means of
- 7 Into.
A well-meaning, but misguided translator has destroyed this entry, splitting into separate senses things that aren't separate senses in English. --Connel MacKenzie 07:58, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
- Could you please be more specific? I don't see any problems. --EncycloPetey 15:18, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
- The entry looks like it could use more separate senses for the preposition, not fewer. MW3 has 5 main senses (not all of them in our entry ("in" as in "in the key of" is missing) and 18 subsenses. I'm fairly sure that we don't have a lot of the more figurative sub-senses. DCDuring 01:58, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
should be here? e.g. 5in = 5 inch 188.8.131.52 15:23, 20 December 2009 (UTC)
[type of thing] in [specific example]
The preposition "in" has another meaning in English that I can't seem to find listed here, indicating a logical/grammatical relationship between two nouns, specifically, that the latter is an example or instance of the former. I have two citations, and I came looking looking for more, but found none. Here are the two citations that I have:
- You've Got a Friend in Me, the song from the movie Toy Story.
- A news headline, Has Iron Man met his match in Ben Kingsley? (which talks about a studio having cast an actor to fill the previously-vacant role of villain in an upcoming movie).
- I agree a sense is missing. I have added it, but it needs a definition line. Equinox ◑ 21:22, 19 May 2012 (UTC)
English preposition missing
am I wrong or the preposition list of meanings lack the most important that is locative like f.e. "My relatives live IN New York" or "I live IN England". ?
Which of the given senses would be "in" in a phrase such as: a behaviour found in many children? You don't find the behaviour in them, right? It rather means something like "among" or "by". Is this sense already covered?
- You can find a behaviour in a single child, so "among" isn't right. I would say it's sense 3 (part of; a member of) and/or sense 15 (within). A behaviour is "in" a person in the same way that thoughts and dreams are. Equinox ◑ 05:08, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
"bash your brains in" (or similar)
I think I've come across a phrase "bash your brains in" (or "bash your head in", or maybe both). In what sense(s) is "in" used in such phrases?