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Dear Ted:

Should I use "in to" or "into" in the following sentence?

Also, I live in Montreal, so a little bit of French will occasionally slip in to / into my English.

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Should I use "in to" or "into" in the following sentence?

Also, I live in Montreal, so a little bit of French will occasionally slip in to / into my English.

**** You are correct to write "IN Montreal," because you are talking about a location.  INTO refers to a "movement or a change in condition."  Your dependent clause should be "So a little bit of French will occasionally slip INTO my English."

Ted

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