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    #1

    which one is correct?

    Which preposition should I choose in this case:

    e.g. Nowadays the Europeans are leaving their countries to go in/to America.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Which preposition should I choose in this case:

    e.g. Nowadays the Europeans are leaving their countries to go in/to America.
    In English we go to a place.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    We go to a country, city, town, village, street, road.

    We can go to a building. (I am going to school.)
    We can go into a building. (I am going into the school.)
    We can go in a building. (He went in the bank.)

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We go to a country, city, town, village, street, road.

    We can go to a building. (I am going to school.)
    We can go into a building. (I am going into the school.)
    We can go in a building. (He went in the bank.)
    I would never say, "He went in the bank" - and nor would many others I know. Do you mean "He went into the bank"?

    Child: I need to go to the toilet.
    Mother: Well, we'll go into this restaurant, and you can go in the restaurant.
    The child is in the restaurant before she goes in the restaurant.

    I know there are different usages, perhaps regional, of 'in' and 'into', so I am not saying this usage is wrong. I don't want to start an argument - just to let learners know that many of us prefer 'into' when 'into' is meant.

    PS: This affects many verbs - come, jump, hop ... any verb of motion.
    The following have different meanings:
    "Come into the room" and "Come in the room."
    "He raced into the street." and "He raced in the street."
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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I would never say, "He went in the bank" - and nor would many others I know. Do you mean "He went into the bank"?

    Child: I need to go to the toilet.
    Mother: Well, we'll go into this restaurant, and you can go in the restaurant.
    The child is in the restaurant before she goes in the restaurant.

    I know there are different usages, perhaps regional, of 'in' and 'into', so I am not saying this usage is wrong. I don't want to start an argument - just to let learners know that many of us prefer 'into' when 'into' is meant.

    PS: This affects many verbs - come, jump, hop ... any verb of motion.
    The following have different meanings:
    "Come into the room" and "Come in the room."
    "He raced into the street." and "He raced in the street."
    "In" might not be used as much as "into" in this context but yes, I would sometimes say "I went in the bank" (and not to mean to use the toilet!)

    - What did you do today?
    - I went in my three favourite shops, I went in that art gallery near your house and I nearly went in the museum but I didn't quite have time.

    Then of course I would use it as part of "to go in" where I guess it's not a preposition:

    - Did you go to the library?
    - I went in but then I realised it was about to close so I left again.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "In" might not be used as much as "into" in this context but yes, I would sometimes say "I went in the bank" (and not to mean to use the toilet!)
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    So would I.

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