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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "to go IN TO a place" and "to go INTO a place"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is there any difference between "to go IN TO a place" and "to go INTO a place"?

If so, when should I use each of them?


*** The common usage is "go into."

I plan to go INTO the jewelry store.
The meaning is that one is entering some kind of enclosure, such as a building.

There instances, however, when such "entering" is not part of the situation.  For example --

I cannot go IN TO all of the details now.  I'll have to explain them to you later.

Another example --

John cheated on the test.  I intend to turn him IN TO the teacher.

Here is a good website that explains the difference:

http://data.grammarbook.com/blog/definitions/into-vs-in-to/

Ted

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