Student or Learner
Which preposition should I choose in this case:
e.g. Nowadays the Europeans are leaving their countries to go in/to America.
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.)
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."
Last edited by Raymott; 06-Dec-2011 at 19:25.
- 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.