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    Is this 'in' an adverb?

    All of a sudden the shop door burst open and in came a big tough-looking man, a knife in one hand and a revolver in the other.

    Is this in an adverb?
    If I use 'came in' instead of 'in came', would the meaning change?

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    Re: Is this 'in' an adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    All of a sudden the shop door burst open and in came a big tough-looking man, a knife in one hand and a revolver in the other.

    Is this in an adverb?
    If I use 'came in' instead of 'in came', would the meaning change?
    You can use 'came in' but not in exactly the same place in the sentence.

    All of a sudden, the shop door burst open and a big, tough-looking man came in, a knife in one hand and a revolver in the other.

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    Re: Is this 'in' an adverb?

    [QUOTE=pinkie9;833618]



    Is this in an adverb?


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Yes, I believe that you are correct: Welcome! Come in!

    (2) As you know, "in" is usually a preposition: I live in the United States.

    (3) When that little word is used with a verb such as "come in," books

    traditionally classify it as a so-called "adverb" (because they do not know what

    to call it).

    (a) I think that some newer grammar books would call it a so-called particle.

    (4) I guess that the important point is not to call it a preposition.

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    Re: Is this 'in' an adverb?

    It's simpler to understand "come in" as a phrasal verb.

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    Re: Is this 'in' an adverb?

    I get it. Thank you,everyone!

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