Posted by: episystechpubs | April 5, 2016

Editor’s Corner: In To and Into

By request, I am returning to this topic, which many find tricky: When should you use into and when should you use in to? Let’s start with definitions.

In and to are two words that sound just like the single word into. In is an adverb and to is a preposition. When they land next to each other in a sentence, they can cause confusion because they sound like the single word. Here are some examples of how these two words show up next to each other:

· She went in to attend the meeting.

· The SWAT team moved in to rescue the hostages.

As you can see, in is telling us where people are going, but to is part of the infinitive verb (to attend, to rescue).

Into is a single word and is categorized as a preposition. It expresses the movement of something toward or into something else and it generally answers the question where:

· I walked into my brother’s room.

· I jumped into the swimming pool.

· He logged into the system.

So, next time you aren’t sure if you need the single word into or the two words in to, consider whether you are answering the question “Where?” If yes, it’s likely that into is the word you are looking for.

If you still need help and learn better with pictures, try the Purdue OWL.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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