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Dear Ted:

What does "in" mean in the example below?

I know you're ill but that's beside the point. You still should have phoned to say you weren't coming IN to work.

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

What does "in" mean in the example below?

I know you're ill but that's beside the point. You still should have phoned to
say you weren't coming IN to work.

**** IN means the workplace.  ". . . you weren't coming IN TO THE OFFICE TO WORK."

The rest of the prepositional phrase has been dropped, because it is "understood."

Ted

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