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    in/into

    1. She's gone into the house.
    2. Helen came into the room.

    Can we use either "in" or "into" in the above sentences? Is there a difference between "in" or "into" in the said context?

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    Re: in/into

    "Helen came in the room" is ambiguous and could have a rather vulgar meaning. You'll hear it but, to be safe, stick to "into" with "come/came".

    However, "He's gone in the house" and "He's gone into the house" are both fine and you'll hear both. There is an outside chance that if someone was talking about a dog with a weak bladder, they might say "He's gone in the house" to mean "He has urinated/defecated somewhere in the house" but the context would make it clear if that were the meaning.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: in/into

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Helen came in the room" is ambiguous and could have a rather vulgar meaning. You'll hear it but, to be safe, stick to "into" with "come/came".

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    Thanks ems.

    Are the following sentences using "in" natural?

    1. Please come in my office.
    2. May I come in?

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    Re: in/into

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. Please come in my office.
    2. May I come in?
    They are both fine.

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    Re: in/into

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks ems.

    Are the following sentences using "in" natural?

    1. Please come in my office.
    2. May I come in?
    #2 is fine. The same problem exists with #1 that I mentioned before when using the verb "to come". I'm afraid that some people would snigger at that invitation or request. I would say "Please come into my office."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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