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These philosophers were inspired by Hegel in their philosophical work. Like Karl Marx, these philosophers took a few ideas from Hegel and put it into their own systems.

Is "inspired by X in their work" grammatically correct?

I am not sure if "in" is appropriate, but can't think of a more succinct way to say this.

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    What do you think might be wrong with it? – SamBC Feb 27 at 0:09
  • using "in" doesn't sound right to me. – repomonster Feb 27 at 0:17
  • @repomonster - Googling "inspired in their work" yields an awful lot of hits. – J.R. Feb 27 at 12:01
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I think it's technically grammatically correct, but I would more frequently hear something like

These philosophers' ideas were inspired by Hegel.

or

Hegel inspired these philosophers' work.

I think the major difference is people tend to prefer to not repeat themselves more than necessary, rather than grammar concerns. Of course, some really prefer the lack of passive voice in the second option I offered.

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