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    Fit into or in?

    1) The cellphone fit snugly in/into the faceplate/cellphone pouch.
    2) The book won't fit into my bag.

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    Re: Fit into or in?

    I'd use 'into' for 1 (as there's a particular place for the phone - it fits snugly') but 'in' for 2, as it's just describing a general capacity. But the general/specific line is flexible, and many people would be happy with 'in' for 1.

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    Re: Fit into or in?

    I agree with Bob.
    "Into" signifies movement.
    If a book fits in a bag, you can fit it into the bag.

    With any verb, you need to consider whether movement in to the object is happening.
    "I jumped into the pool" - You're outside the pool, you jump, you're inside the pool.
    "I jumped in the pool" - You're already in the pool, you jump, and you're still in the pool. Note that some people will use this for "into".

    The same distinction applies to 'on' and onto'. There is a difference between dancing on a table and dancing onto a table. (The latter is more difficult).

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