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Grammar, Phrases

Note 192 – ‘In doing so’ v ‘in so doing’

A work colleague emailed me today with this scenario:

‘In doing so’ versus ‘In so doing’ – which is better or grammatically correct?  Or is it the use of old fashioned language to use the latter?

Before researching, my immediate thought was that ‘in doing so’ sounds better, but after a quick glance at some forums both phrases appear to mean the same, and it’s just a matter of usage and how you like the sound of the words.  

More in depth research has not brought back anything other than the fact that both phrases are used by writers on the internet.  On the englishforums site, a Mister Micawber (who provides proofreading and editing services) posted that In so doing is a very common permutation; however there are one and a half more instances of in doing so than in so doing in Corpus of Contemporary English.

My colleague has decided to use ‘in so doing’, as ‘in doing so’ is widely used and she likes to be different.  I told her that it was a perfect reason to use it. 

Which version would you use?

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