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    drop in to / drop in at

    I know that the preposition 'to' usually points to direction, while 'at' - to a place.
    E.g. I go to school every day. I am at school.
    Which of the prepositions should be used after 'drop in'?
    E.g. I dropped in to/at the butcher's to get some meat for dinner.
    Logic says it should be 'to', but I'm positive that it's usually 'at'. Could help me there? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: drop in to / drop in at

    You can use either one.

    I dropped in to a friend's house earlier.
    I dropped in at the doctor's surgery on my way home.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: drop in to / drop in at

    Yes, you can use either. They're slightly different.

    Dropping in at a place is visiting informally or uninvited.

    Dropping in to (or into) is used two ways:

    - One is literal: I dropped into the swimming pool. I dropped my keys into the gutter. (Notice that into is one word.)

    - The other is using to as an infinitive: I dropped in to tell you the news. She dropped in to drop off her son, the drop-out. (Notice that in to is two words.)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Apr-2015 at 00:06. Reason: Minor typo
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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