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    Re: in/into

    Jason: I think it would be awkward to open a new topic because of this.
    Maybe on ''ask-teacher'', but perhaps somewhere else...

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    Re: in/into

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    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.
    I notice you didn't use the word 'looked' which is in my sentence, which is reproduced below:
    She looked in/into the mirror.
    Can I say 'I looked hard into the mirror'?

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    Re: in/into

    Yes. I looked in the mirror to check my lipstick.
    I looked hard into the mirror to try to determine whether I really resembed the old, worn-out woman I felt like at the moment.

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    Re: in/into

    [quote=Barb_D;180232]Yes. I looked in the mirror to check my lipstick.
    I looked in the mirror to check my lipstick.

    I looked in the mirror to check my lipstick.
    I looked hard into the mirror to try to determine whether I really resembed the old, worn-out woman I felt like at the moment.

    Can I conclude from your sentences that it should be "I looked in the mirror"? However, if 'into' is used an adverb is required.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: in/into

    An adverb isn't required, but the use of "into" instead of "in" implies a more intense form of looking. That's why l used "peered" in my first example, and you suggested "looked hard" so I used it.

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    Thanks.

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    Re: in/into

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    An adverb isn't required, but the use of "into" instead of "in" implies a more intense form of looking. That's why l used "peered" in my first example, and you suggested "looked hard" so I used it.
    If you ask me which of these two prepositions do you prefer I'll answer "look into the mirror. I never look in the mirror. I always look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    If you ask me which of these two prepositions do you prefer I'll answer "look into the mirror. I never look in the mirror. I always look into it.
    Hm... are you narcissistic? I'm joking... :D But, for instance, when you go out and get another glance of how do you look? That's: I've looked in the mirror to see if everything's ok, as it was.

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