English as a Second Language/Follow-up (proofreading)


Dear Amy,

Some time ago, you corrected my sentence "....Then put a tea bag in the kettle" as "Then put a tea bag INSIDE the kettle?"

Why do you use "INSIDE" instead of "in"? I think the verb "put" can take the preposition "in" or better "into", and this means the same thing. Is "put in" wrong?

Please help me out.

Thanks and kind regards,
Antoine Ghannoum


you are correct, you can use "put in" or "put into" interchangeably in the context you mentioned above.

The only difference I can think about in the two is the fact that "put into" emphasizes on the motion or on the fact that someone or something undergoes a change in place.

I guess I changed your sentence when I answered your question simply because "into" sounds more formal, but again, both "in" and "into" are correct.

I hope this helps.



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Amy Baker


I can answer question about grammar, spelling, syntax, idioms, reading and/or writing that pertain to English as a Second Language. I am knowledgeable about both TOEFL and IELTS.


I'm a certified ESL teacher with 12 years of experience teaching K-12 and adults.

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