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    Default in/into

    She looked into/in the mirror.

    Which word should I use?

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    Default Re: in/into

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    She looked into/in the mirror.

    Which word should I use?
    Both are ok.

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    Default Re: in/into

    Thanks, Harry.

    But do the sentences using 'in' and 'into' have the same meaning?

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks, Harry.

    But do the sentences using 'in' and 'into' have the same meaning?

    Many thanks.
    No, they are different. You should feel the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    No, they are different. You should feel the difference.

    It's very difficult "to feel" differences, just native speakers have the "feeling" when something is correct or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss fer View Post
    It's very difficult "to feel" differences, just native speakers have the "feeling" when something is correct or not.
    I can't agree with you. If you speak English fluently you feel the differences.

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    Default Re: in/into

    Yoong Liat,
    For me, "into" has more of an in-depth sense of looking. I could "peer" (stare hard) into the mirror, but not in it.

    If I just want to see see if I have spinach in my teeth, I'd take a quick glance in the mirror. If I wanted to see if the stress I've been under is showing in my eyes, I'd peer into the mirror.

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    Default Re: in/into

    You are speaking off-subject... If you want to discuss about ''feeling when something's wrong'', please start a new thread!

    All the best!

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    And, btw., I agree with Barb_D.

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    Default Re: in/into

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I can't agree with you. If you speak English fluently you feel the differences.

    Fluency isn't the point of what i've meant Harry.
    I just wanted to say that if you are trying to teach english to students you (or anyone) can't tell him/her : "well, just write what you feel it's correct" because they don't have that "feeling" yet.
    From my point of view, we should provide an explanation, as barb_D tried to.

    Jason: I think it would be awkward to open a new topic because of this.

    Greetings.

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