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    Default Prepositions In/To

    Hello,

    when do we say:

    "I'm going to the garden."

    and "I'm going in the garden."

    Can we say either? If so, is there a difference?

    Good day to you....

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    Exclamation Re: Prepositions In/To

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    Hello,

    when do we say:

    "I'm going to the garden." (moving in the direction of the garden)

    and "I'm going in the garden." ( moving inside the garden)

    Can we say either? If so, is there a difference?

    Good day to you....
    The preposition "in" indicates position/location where as "to" indicates direction as:
    Direction- He's going TO the shops
    Location- It's IN the box
    So in your case, the meaning will be diffrent as explaine above.

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    Default Re: Prepositions In/To

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    The preposition "in" indicates position/location where as "to" indicates direction as:
    Direction- He's going TO the shops
    Location- It's IN the box
    So in your case, the meaning will be different as explained above.

    We always use TO with go. How can you move inside the garden and say I m going in the garden. If you are moving inside the garden , you will say I'm walking in the garden or I am roaming in the garden or strolling in the garden.

    So , going in the garden doesn't make any sense to me.

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    Exclamation Re: Prepositions In/To

    Quote Originally Posted by Roselin View Post
    We always use TO with go. How can you move inside the garden and say I m going in the garden. If you are moving inside the garden , you will say I'm walking in the garden or I am roaming in the garden or strolling in the garden.

    So , going in the garden doesn't make any sense to me.
    Use of a preposition sometimes depends on how you think about it. One can always say: He is going in the field and will cross it after few seconds.
    The preposition “To” is usually used with verbs of movement, such as: move, go, transfer, walk/run/swim/ride/drive/ fly, travel.
    It can be also used with other verbs also, as: Take me to the airport, please.
    ‘In’ can be also used with verb ‘go’ as: Will you go in the draw to win a Prize?

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    Default Re: Prepositions In/To

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    Hello,

    when do we say:

    "I'm going to the garden."

    and "I'm going in the garden."

    Can we say either? If so, is there a difference?

    Good day to you....
    "I'm going into the garden" is always right.

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    Default Re: Prepositions In/To

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    Hello,

    when do we say:

    "I'm going to the garden." when the garden is somewhat far from where you are now (you go to the garden but maybe don't go into it)
    and "I'm going in the garden." when you 'go to the bathroom' (= relieve yourself) in the garden

    "I'm going into the garden." when you will enter the garden

    Good day to you....
    2006
    Last edited by 2006; 04-Oct-2008 at 03:05.

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