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    #1

    a probe into/on ?

    As a probe into charges of a civilian massacre, the Pentagon......

    Can you tell me " a probe into " ?

    Does it mean " an investigation into " ?


    Can I use another preposition ? like " onto " ?

    Thanks

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    Re: a probe into/on ?

    Hello Alan

    Yes, that's right: an investigation.

    A "probe" is a surgical instrument: you use it to explore wounds, etc. So it always goes with "into", because you put the probe "into" the wound.

    (When you visit your dentist, he may also "probe" your teeth with a sharp instrument, to check for decay.)

    MrP

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    Re: a probe into/on ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    (When you visit your dentist, he may also "probe" your teeth with a sharp instrument, to check for decay.)
    MrP
    Ufff, MrP, how a horrible example you gave here ! You scared me so much, so I think I'll brush my teeth now. See you later.

    Nyggus

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    Re: a probe into/on ?

    :)

    (...I like to encourage good dental hygiene...)

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