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Thread created on Sat Oct 20, 2012 21:30:48
Last replied to on Fri Oct 26, 2012 13:50:39
|Unfortunate enough to run in to Bill the Butcher at (25,1)|
Unfortunate enough to run into Bill the Butcher at (25,1)
|Into is a preposition which often answers the question, where? For example, Tom and Becky had gone far into the cave before they realized they were lost. Sometimes the where is metaphorical, as in, He went into the army or She went into business. It can also refer by analogy to time: The snow lingered on the ground well into April. In old-fashioned math talk, it could be used to refer to division: Two into six is three. In other instances where the words in and to just happen to find themselves neighbors, they must remain separate words. For instance, Rachel dived back in to rescue the struggling boy. Here to belongs with rescue and means in order to, not where. (If the phrase had been dived back into the water, into would be required.)|
Try speaking the sentence concerned aloud, pausing distinctly between in and to. If the result sounds wrong, you probably need into.
Then there is the 60s colloquialism which lingers on in which into means deeply interested or involved in: Kevin is into baseball cards. This is derived from usages like the committee is looking into the fund-raising scandal. The abbreviated form is not acceptable formal English, but is quite common in informal communications.
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Posted on Fri Oct 26, 2012 13:50:39