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    #1

    sway someone into doing vs sway someone to do

    Hello.
    Does "She was unable to sway him into putting on a thick coat on such a cold wintry day" mean "She was unable to sway him to put on a thick coat on such a cold wintry day"?
    What is your opinion?
    Thank you.

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    Re: sway someone into doing vs sway someone to do

    I find it a very odd way to say that she was unable to persuade him to put on a thick coat. Where did you find it?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: sway someone into doing vs sway someone to do

    sway someone to something

    to convince someone to do something. I think I can sway her to join our side. We could not sway Ted to our position.

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    Re: sway someone into doing vs sway someone to do

    It's used much more commonly when talking about someone's opinion or into making an important decision. It's not really necessary for something as mundane as putting on a coat.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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