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When to use INTO and ONTO in English?

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When to Use INTO and ONTO in English?

Hi there.

Welcome to Harry’s World of Words and Phrases and English in a Minute.

We’re going to look at prepositional phrases in English. Two in particular into one word INTO and onto one word ONTO and how we can we can use them. They can get confused because they look alike and they they sound alike but in both cases they’re prepositional phrases of action something happens.

For example, I walked into the room – there’s an action of coming into the room.

I climbed onto the roof the action of getting up onto the roof into onto.

We can use them in and on but that means something is actually already happened.

I’m sitting in the room.

The pen is on the table – it has already happened there’s no further action.

And also remember we can split it and say IN TO I N space T O, ON TO O N space T O in the following ways:

I drove on to the next village to get some petrol.

I walked in to complain.

IN and ON.

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Phrasal Verbs with IN and INTO

BREAK IN

to enter a building by force or illegally, usually in order to steal something

ex. Thieves broke in over the weekend and stole two very valuable paintings.

BRING IN

to introduce something, for example, to bring in a new law

ex. The government are planning to bring in a new law to raise the school leaving age to eighteen. 

CHECK IN

at a hotel or airport, to register your name, passport details and/or address in order to get your room key or boarding pass

ex. After we had checked in, we went to our room, unpacked our bags and then went down to the restaurant for dinner.

COME INTO

to inherit money, property or a title

ex. He’ll come into a lot of money when his father dies.

FILL IN

do the work or take someone’s place during that person’s absence

ex. Mary was sick yesterday and I had to fill in for her.

HAND IN

to give something (usually  a paper) to an authority (your manager or teacher, for example) or any responsible person. You can hand in an essay or an exercise to someone to read and correct. Or you can hand in your resignation letter to your boss to inform him that you want to leave your job.

ex. He handed in his resignation just hours before the board meeting.

JOIN IN

to take part in something, to join in a game, for example

ex. The singer told the audience to join in the chorus.

LOOK INTO

to investigate something

ex. My manager asked me to look into the complaint.

PUT IN

to install something

ex. After such a cold winter they made a decision to put in central heating and new triple glazed windows.

RUN INTO

to meet someone unexpectedly

ex. I ran into Sarah when I was doing my weekly shopping.

SINK IN

something becomes gradually understood, unpleasant or sad news, for example

ex. The news of her mother’s death was such a shock fo her. I don’t think it has sunk in yet.

TAKE IN

to make something smaller or tighter 

ex. Since she had lost weight she had to take in her clothes as they no longer fitted her.

TALK SOMEONE INTO

to persuade someone to do something

ex. I didn’t really want to go out but they somehow talked me into it.

TURN IN

to go to bed

ex. I’m feeling very tired. I think I’ll turn in.

TURN INTO

to change, to become someone or something different

ex. In the fairy tale, when the prince kissed the frog it turned into a beautiful princess.

 

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