Into vs. In to

How does one know when to use INTO or IN TO?


One of the main uses of the preposition INTO is to indicate movement toward the inside of a place.


• The children jumped into the lake for a swim.

• She put the IPod into her pocket.


IN TO is the adverb IN followed by the preposition TO.


• He turned his paper in to the teacher.

  [turned in (phrasal verb) = submitted]

• The administrators wouldn’t give in to the demands of the protesters.

  [give in (phrasal verb) = surrender]


Now, let’s see if you understand this lesson by doing this exercise:

1. As a child, I was too afraid to go (into / in to) the Halloween haunted house.

2. I’m going to turn the wallet I found (into / in to) the police.

3. If your battery is running low, you’ll need to plug your power cord (into / in to) the socket.

4. I am going (into / in to) have a few drinks.

5. After a long night, she crawled (into / in to) her bed to go to sleep.


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