/n Connector

Use the /n connector to find documents in which the first word appears within "n" words of the second one.

For example, the following search finds documents where the word "vicious" occurs within 3 words of "dog".

vicious /3 dog

Note: You can use the /n connector in the same way as the w/n connector. The two connectors operate the same way.

Specifying the value of "n"

When choosing the value of n, these guidelines may prove useful:

Choose this...For search words to appear here...
/3 - /5in approximately the same phrase
/25in approximately the same sentence
/75in approximately the same paragraph
Tip: Although you may choose any number for n, you may want to choose a number less than 100. Choosing a number greater than 100 is likely to retrieve documents in which your search words are used in unrelated contexts.

Using Multiple /n Connectors

Multiple /n connectors are processed from the smallest to the largest.

Copyright © 2021  LexisNexis.  All rights reserved.