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    Exclamation enter vs get into

    Hello there.

    U.S. forces entered the war.

    Can I replace "entered" with "got into"?
    And, still the same meaning?

    Please help me!

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    #2

    Re: enter vs get into

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    U.S. forces entered the war.

    Can I replace "entered" with "got into"?
    And, still the same meaning?

    Please help me!
    U.S. forces entered the war.

    Can I replace "entered" with "got into"?
    And, still the same meaning?

    Yes you could, but why would you want to?


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    Re: enter vs get into

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    U.S. forces entered the war.

    Can I replace "entered" with "got into"?
    And, still the same meaning?

    Please help me!
    It would be correct in a grammatical or structural way, but given the formality and tone of such a report, it's better to use "entered the war" here. In other words, it simply sounds better, and I think it's a more logical choice because this sort of writing would be used to report an important world event, and "entered" is more formal in tone than "get into". News language mostly takes on a more formal tone, especially for important world events or international news.

    Here's an example where one clearly should use one or the other.

    They got into a fight. - I would not say "entered a fight" here.


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    Smile Re: enter vs get into

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    U.S. forces entered the war.

    Can I replace "entered" with "got into"?
    And, still the same meaning?

    Yes you could, but why would you want to?
    Here's how I see it: - An ELL would ask about this in order to test the language to find out what works well and doesn't work well - to find out what's possible - to develop an understanding of what language sounds natural and what language does not sound natural - These things are considered apart from what is grammatically correct.

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