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Can I say these sentences:
Empty the contents of the can into the skillet.
Empty the contents of the can in the skillet.
I'm not sure which perposition to choose.
Thank you in advance.
I would choose "into" because it shows directionality and in this case we need to show the direction in which the contents of the can will go (into the skillet)
But I've seen a similar sentence only with "in", and that got me confused.
'In' is a preposition of place.
'Into' is a preposition of direction.
Therefore, 'into' is correct because the contents of the can are moving into the frying pan.
There is some beer in my glass.
I am pouring some beer into my glass.
With the second choice you quoted, there is also another problem:
"Empty the contents of the can in the skillet."
If you break the sentence after the word "of", then it suggests that the can is actually standing in the skillet! If that were the case, you would need to add to the end of the sentence, to explain what you wanted the contents emptied into.
Empty the contents of the can in the skillet into the saucepan please.