into vs in to : Common Errors in English

About into vs in to

“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.See also .

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  1. Dig Into Reading at the Oswego Public Library

    The 2013 Summer Reading Program theme is Dig Into Reading. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate and earn prizes as they read. Registration is free and starts June 24 through 29. The Summer Reading Program will run from July 1 through August 9. Continue reading ? The post Dig Into Reading at the Oswego Public Library appeared first on Oswego County Today .
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Oswego County Today

  2. Truck Slams Into Mexico Teachers' Protest, 7 Dead

    Truck slams into teachers' highway protest in Mexico, 7 dead        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: ABC News

  3. ‘Into the Woods’ is a worthwhile adventure

    The exceptional cast of “Into the Woods” includes Bobby Cooke as the Baker, Loraine O’Donnell as the Witch and Jenn Stafford as the Baker’s Wife. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Buffalo News

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  • Rural America posts first-ever loss in population

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Living in a rural Nevada town, Moe Royels recalls a more bustling time years ago when retirees poured in to enjoy the warm desert climate, nearby casinos and quiet community. But soon boom turned to bust, and years after the recession ended, Royels still wonders if things will ever fully turn around in small towns like his.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

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