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Post by trolley » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:36 pm

Me: “I’m going to jump in the shower before we go.”
My wife: “OK but that seems a little reckless.” took second or two to register...

Re: In/into

Post by Phil White » Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:59 pm

It is strange to look at sentences where "in" or "into" appear to be mandatory and those in which there is some flexibility.

It is never possible to use "into" with the static meaning of "in", but there is a lot of room for flexibility the other way. Indeed, in some cases it it obligatory to use "in" where the idea of movement conveyed by "into" would seem more appropriate.

I offer the following merely as a starting point for my own cogitations, and hopefully yours:
  • Three people got in the lift. ("elevator" if you must...)
  • Three people got into the elevator.
  • Go in and fetch the sunbed.
  • Go in the house and fetch the sunbed.
  • Go into the house and fetch the sunbed. (Sounds a little odd to me.)
  • *Go into and fetch the sunbed.
  • Can you squeeze another pullover into the suitcase?
  • ?Can you squeeze another pullover in the suitcase? (Really not sure about this one.)
  • Can you squeeze another one in?
  • *Can you squeeze another one into? ("into" was correct a couple of sentences ago!)
I shall have to ask Sheba about this on our walk tomorrow...
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Non sum felix lepus

Re: In/into

Post by gdwdwrkr » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:08 pm

...which reminds me of one I'm really into: "They turned themselves into the police."

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