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    I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    I am confused in the following sentences:
    1. I punched in the wall.
    2. I punched on the wall.
    3. I punched into the wall.
    4. I punched onto the wall.

    All the above sentences are correct ? One more thing, I would like to know is: when "in and "into" are interchangeable ?

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    Re: I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    Write I punched the wall.
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    Re: I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    Sir, I would like to know better the following sentences:
    1. When I look into her eyes.
    2. When I look in your eyes.

    Can I say, " when I look in her eyes" and " when I look into your eyes. I was told that "into" and "in are interchangeable in these sentences; but, I never hear the native speakers say " when I look in her eyes" They don't interchange " into" into "in" while they are saying the sentance. They always say, " when I look into her eyes" not " when I look in her eyes". Likewise, they don't say " when I look into your eyes" they say " when I look in your eyes". I am confused. Are both the sentences interchangeable or not ?

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    Re: I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    Please don't address forum members as "sir". It excludes female participants.
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    Re: I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    not a teacher

    I understand RobertJ's point, nevertheless, to "look into his/her/etc eyes" is a very common form even beyond the ophthalmology clinic.
    Some examples: http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=look+into+eyes&l=0

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    Re: I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    Indeed, it's even the very first line of that maudlin 90's Bryan Adams song "Everything I do".

    Of course, every time he sings that line, his eyes are closed.
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    Re: I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Indeed, it's even the very first line of that maudlin 90's Bryan Adams song "Everything I do".
    True, but "Look in my eyes" wouldn't have fitted the rhythm.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    Is "look in my eyes " grammaticality incorrect? If it is so, "when i look in your eyes" a song from c21 will also be incorrect?

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    Re: I punched on the wall or I punched in the wall.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    Is "look in my eyes " grammaticality incorrect? If it is so, "when i look in your eyes" a song from c21 will also be incorrect?
    Both in and into are correct. I'd say into.
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