in tact vs intact : Common Errors in English

About in tact vs intact

Often common two-word phrases are smooshed into a single word (“anymore,” “alot,” “everytime,” “incase,” “infact”). Here’s an example where some people err in the other direction. When something survives undamaged, whole, it is not “in tact” but “intact”—one word, unbroken.

intact Meaning(s)

  • (s) constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged
  • (s) (of a woman) having the hymen unbroken
  • (s) (used of domestic animals) sexually competent
  • (s) undamaged in any way

in tact in News

  1. Gary Neal beats halftime buzzer with 3-pointer (video)

    The Spurs led by as many as 11 in the first half of Game 3, but the Heat tied the game late in the second half. Then Tony Parker made a 3-pointer, LeBron missed a shot, and Miami got ready for halftime. San Antonio, with its long-held lead back in tact, could have been satisfied,…
    on June 11, 2013 Source: NBC Sports: ProBasketballTalk

  2. York School Board Votes To “Keep District Intact”

    The York City School Board voted unanimously this evening to keep the district in tact rather than go 100% chartered. York School Board President, Margie Orr, says the board is all on the same page with moving the district forward.…
    on June 10, 2013 Source: FOX 43 Harrisburg

  3. 160 Days Since Last 3-Day $DIA Losing Streak

    But, with a close in the green, DJIA’s longest streak since 1950 without three or more straight down days remains in tact and extends to 160 days. To put DJIA’s current streak without three down days into ...
    on June 7, 2013 Source: MrTopStep.com via Yahoo! Finance

intact in News

  1. Park officials: Royal Gorge Bridge intact, animals safe

    The Royal Gorge Fire continues to burn south of the Royal Gorge Bridge, but there finally may be a spark of some welcomed good news. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park reports that the bridge is standing and intact.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Canon City Daily Record

  2. Royal Gorge Bridge and Park damaged but still intact

    With current fire containment for the #RoyalGorgeFire reported to still be at zero, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park would like to update everyone that at the present time the Bridge is reported to be standing and intact.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: FOX21 Colorado Springs

  3. This Stock's Long-Term Outlook Is Still Intact

    This Stock's Long-Term Outlook Is Still Intact        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

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