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    #1

    into/to

    A public health agency in Finland is using an interesting approach to shock teens into not smoking.

    A public health agency in Finland is using an interesting approach to shock teens to not smoking.

    Which sentence is correct? Any difference in the meaning of the above two sentences?

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    #2

    Re: into/to

    The first works; the second doesn't.

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    #3

    Re: into/to

    I couldn't understand this. What differences "into" and "to" make in the sentence? Please explain.
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    #4

    Re: into/to

    You lead/shock someone into an action, not to it.

    My brother led me into bad habits.
    I want to shock you into stopping smoking.
    His best friend bullied him into doing his homework for him.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: into/to

    The standard collocation is 'to shock people into doing something'.

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    #6

    Re: into/to

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The standard collocation is 'to shock people into doing something'.
    Yes, as it is with a lot of verbs.
    "She talked me into going"; "They coerced him into signing the will"; "She seduced me into joining the choir."
    You must use "into" with all these and many other verbs. "to <verb1> someone into <verb2-ing>"

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