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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Into Vs In To

Updated: Jul 18, 2019



Let's explore the difference between into and in to in this week's Edit This® grammar lesson. After all, knowing which one to use in a sentence can be a sticking point for many people – even the most veteran of writers.

Into vs. in to – What's the difference?


Into is used to show movement or action toward or inside something. It usually comes before a noun or a noun phrase.

* I am getting into my car.

* Leslie jumped into the pool.

* The police are looking into it.

In to (two words) sound the same as into when you say them out loud, but they're really just two words that perform several different roles in a sentence. And yes, sometimes they follow one another and create a ton of confusion.

* The employee turned the shoplifter in to the police.

* My boss sat in to hear about my review.

* I just dropped in to say hello.

Clear as mud?

If you need an extra set of eyes to make sure your next blog, article, website content, or newsletter is clear and free of errors, give Edit This a call. Also, if you like our grammar lessons, here are a few more blog posts on the differences between your and you're, compliment vs. complement, last vs. past, and there, their, and they're.

Thanks for reading!

*STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This, LLC, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX. Along with being a sports writer for the Denton Record-Chronicle, Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.

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