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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "to send IN someone" and "to send someone"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

BTW, is it "to send IN someone" or "to send someone IN"?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

The winter storm is supposed to begin here this afternoon.  Last night, a large tree blew down and took with it electrical wires.  The electricity has been restored now, but I was very cold last night.  Be glad that you are in sunny Italy!

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Is there a difference between "to send IN someone" and "to send someone"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** There is a difference.  If someone is sent IN, the implication is that the person will
be joining other people who are already there.

EXAMPLE:

The coach SENT John IN to replace the injured player.

"SEND IN the clowns" is a popular song from the Broadway musical "A Little Night Music."

*** If you SEND someone, that person MAY be joining with others, but there is no implication that there is any "joining."  

EXAMPLE:

The general SENT more troops into the battle.

Our school will be SENDING two representatives to the education conference.

BTW, is it "to send IN someone" or "to send someone IN"?

*** Either way is acceptable.  They mean the same thing.

Ted  

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