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    #1

    on to/onto/in to /into

    Why people sometimes write `onto' and sometimes `on to' in some sentences.
    Similarly, `in to' and sometimes `into'?

    Please help me.


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    #2

    Re: on to/onto/in to /into

    From the OED:
    The preposition onto written as one word (instead of on to) is widely used, but is still not wholly accepted as part of standard British English. It is also important to note the distinction between the preposition onto or on to and the use of the adverb on followed by the preposition to: she climbed on to (or onto) the roof but letís go on to (not onto) the next point.

    Similarly:

    INTO ē preposition 1 expressing motion or direction to a point on or within somewhere > The train went into the station.

    IN TO [adverb + preposition] : In order to collect her work, she came in to the office.

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    #3

    Re: on to/onto/in to /into

    Hi:
    i'd like to know whether up on and upon can sometimes used the same way.......and is the preposition upon used common now>>>
    i often say: we look down on him...
    i looked it up in my dictionary...it says upon is used as BrE,written english and is more formal....
    what do you guys think?


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    #4

    Re: on to/onto/in to /into

    Quote Originally Posted by Gёггч View Post
    Hi:
    i'd like to know whether up on and upon can sometimes used the same way.......and is the preposition upon used common now>>>
    i often say: we look down on him...
    i looked it up in my dictionary...it says upon is used as BrE,written english and is more formal....
    what do you guys think?
    I would say that up on and upon are pretty much interchangeable.

    Say:
    I'd like to know....
    I often say....
    I looked it up....
    ~R

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    Re: on to/onto/in to /into

    Thanks RonBee! You're so cute!

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