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AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 2:20:40 AM

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Hello, everyone!


I have doubts whether I should use "in" in the following sentence.

Can I omit it and say "win the final"?


If both are possible, which one would you use prefer?


e.g. A lot of sports critics predict that Italy will win (in?) the final.


Thank you in advance!
thar
Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 4:07:25 AM

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you win the final because what it actually is is the final match of the tournament. You win the match. The match is the final.
By winning the final, you win the cup/championship.


If it is the actual play within that match, it is "in". She played well in the final, a change from how badly she played in the semi-final. In that match.
He has played in three finals but never won.


Also you play someone in the final. X will meet Y in the final tomorrow.
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