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    Born into versus born to

    Hello,

    What's the difference between "born into" and "born to"? In the following text, extracted from Wikipedia, the proposition "to" has been used. Can I use "into" instead of it? If that's so, What's the difference between them?

    Hevesy György was born in Budapest, Hungary to a wealthy and ennobled Roman Catholic of Hungarian Jewish descent family, the fifth of eight children to his parents Lajos (Louis) Bischitz and Baroness Eugenia (Jenny) Schossberger (ennobled as "De Tornyay").
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    Re: Born into versus born to

    No, you can't use INTO there instead of TO.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Apr-2016 at 21:36. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Born into versus born to

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    No, you can't INTO there instead of TO.
    Can you explain more?

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    Re: Born into versus born to

    It's poorly written. It would be better as: "Hevesy György was born in Budapest, Hungary to a wealthy and ennobled Roman Catholic family of Hungarian Jewish descent..." I see no reason why you couldn't substitute "in" with "into".
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    Re: Born into versus born to

    The original sentence is terrible to read. It's badly phrased. The preposition should be into (not to). Follow this rule:


    • born into a...family
    • born to...parents

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    Re: Born into versus born to

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's poorly written. It would be better as: "Hevesy György was born in Budapest, Hungary to a wealthy and ennobled Roman Catholic family of Hungarian Jewish descent..." I see no reason why you couldn't substitute "in" with "into".
    I wanted to substitute "into" with "to".

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    Re: Born into versus born to

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The original sentence is terrible to read. It's badly phrased. The preposition should be into (not to). Follow this rule:


    • born into a...family
    • born to...parents
    @Tarheel, says I cannot do that. But, you say it's Ok. Both of you are native speakers of English. Don't know I should listen to which of you!

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    #8

    Re: Born into versus born to

    Tarheel to did not say that. He was talking about your original question, which did not contain the word 'family'.

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