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    Default Which sentance is appropriate?

    Which sentance is appropriate:"Put Litter in its place"or "Put Litter into its place"?

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    Default Re: Which sentance is appropriate?

    I'd be more likely to use 'in', but I think both are OK. You see 'in the proper place' used for litter sometimes.

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    Default Re: Which sentance is appropriate?

    I would defer to Tdol's knowledge and experience, but I would venture a guess that:

    "Put litter in its place"

    is actually poor grammar, although it is the only version I ever hear, and it is the version I would use.

    "Put litter into its place" I believe is correct, but I would not use it.

    I believe that the difference between IN and INTO is that:

    IN is used to describe WHERE an action takes place,
    (The boy is IN the house, the people dance IN the room)

    INTO is used to describe where the action is GOING TO.
    (Put the apple INTO the bag, put the key INTO the lock, the car drives INTO the tunnel... THEN the car is IN the tunnel... and it then drives OUT OF the tunnel...now it is OUT of the tunnel.)

    So in the example, you desire Litter to go INTO its place... you want to move the litter from one place INTO the correct place.... so, I think "Put litter INTO its place" is correct.

    And, if the above is correct, you can't PUT litter IN its place, since the definition of PUT is to move an object from one place to another

    "The woman IN the room put the cat INTO the box."

    IN describes WHERE the action is happening, INTO describes where the action is going.

    But, all that said, I think in this case on the "Put litter IN its place" is the only practical sentence....

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