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Sample #1: I am interested in doing the sport, and in losing weight.

Sample #2: I am interested in doing the sport and in losing weight. (comma deleted before and)

Question: Is placing in before losing is correct in two phrases above?

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    The word you want is "losing", not "loosing". Feb 4 '16 at 14:10
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    Yes, in before losing is correct, but the before weight is incorrect (unless you had e.g. a specific barbell you just couldn't seem to ditch).
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 4 '16 at 14:24
  • If i delete the "comma" before and, the following phrase would be correct? I am interested in doing the sport and in losing weight.
    – Eli
    Feb 4 '16 at 14:32
  • @Eli Nothing will be correct until you delete the the from before weight. Do that first.
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 4 '16 at 14:34
  • @DanBron: Respectfully disagree. If "the" is left in place, there is an implied subordinate: I am interested in doing the sport, and in loosing the weight (that will result from doing the sport.)
    – cobaltduck
    Feb 4 '16 at 14:40
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There is nothing wrong with your sentences as they currently stand. The comma is unnecessary but does not make the sentence incorrect.

In general, you will lose weight by participating in the sport of your choice. In particular you will lose the weight which you have gained through years of inactivity.

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    Change loose to lose, here.
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 4 '16 at 14:54
  • Thank you! I was just wondering if "in" is extra before losing? I mean, deleting "in" before "losing" will make the sentences wrong?
    – Eli
    Feb 4 '16 at 15:22
  • You can delete in before losing and it will be understood. You can delete both ins and it will still be fine. Having both ins there or both not gives it more parallel construction, but keeping the first one and deleting the second will easily still be understood
    – Peter
    Feb 4 '16 at 18:11
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    @Eli Please be careful; the information Peter has given you in his comment is incorrect. You cannot delete both ins. I am interested doing the sport and losing weight isn't a valid way to rephrase I am interested in doing the sport and in losing weight. You can remove the second in, although a good answer might suggest whether the meaning changes if you do so.
    – user230
    Mar 5 '16 at 18:43

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