Poll: The cancer spread ____ her liver.

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    #11

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    to

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    #12

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    I picked "to" and I'm in the minority.

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    #13

    Re: Cancer

    Normally, 'into' is used to show transition or movement between two distinct places while the case with 'to' is different. It is used to indicate the extension of an activity or a movement. I am not sufficiently familiar with the clinical implication it involves; however, if cancer spreads from the outside of liver to the inside, 'into' can be used but, still, using 'to' is formal and more appropriate.
    Last edited by Sudhir Ambedkar; 28-Mar-2016 at 14:43. Reason: typos

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    #14

    Re: Cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Sudhir Ambedkar View Post
    Normally, 'into' is used to show transition or movement between two distinct places while the case with 'to' is different. It is used to indicate the extension of an activity or a movement. I am not sufficiently familiar with the clinical implication it involves; however, if cancer spreads from the outside of liver to the inside, 'into' can be used but, still, using 'to' is formal and more appropriate.
    No, you are wrong. The correct answer, given by a medical doctor in post #5, and confirmed, if passively, by a veterinarian, is that both are correct depending on the type of spread. The poll cannot give the correct answer, because it assumes that only one answer is correct. All it can do is show how many people guess each way.

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    #15

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    I think that if it is used 'into', It's gonna emphasises on the situation falls into another situation.
    However, when the writer uses 'to', It might just state the event but not centres on the problem.

    In my view, I assume that both can be used, It depends on what the writer wants to express in different situations.

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    #16

    Re: Cancer

    Many polls don't have a right/wrong answer and are just starting points for a discussion. The discussion is usually more interesting than the answer. You will find texts with both prepositions, so the poll is looking at whether there's a difference, etc.

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