PSLE English

Should you use in to or into?

Notes from the video ‘Diffusion Academy| PSLE English Grammar |In to vs. Into‘ :

When do we use “into” or “in to”?
Into and in to sounds exactly the same so it’s easily confused.
But the decision about which one to use is rather simple.
Let’s take a look at their differences.

“Into” is a preposition that indicates the movement toward the inside of a place.
This place can be concrete or abstract.
For example,
you could also say, “He just sat there and stared into space.”
or “She drove into the carpark.”

“Into” can also denote transformation.
Here’s an example:
In The Frog Prince,
When the princess kissed the frog, it turned into a prince before her eyes.

Now, let’s take a look at “in to”:
In to is made up of two words:
the adverb in followed by the preposition to.
The trick here is if ‘to’ is part of an infinitive verb or used as a preposition
then you should write in and to as separate words:

Let’s look at some examples:
She came in to clean the house.
To is part of an infinite verb “to clean” while in is used as an adverb.

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