Keeping informed as an adult isn’t always easy, especially during an election year when candidates urge you to vote “responsibly.” If you’re like me, the rhetoric makes you want to throw in the towel on understanding (and instead hope some of the candidates to throw in the towel, period). Besides worrying about which future president will wind up making your life harder, you have other stuff to deal with. So I aim to make these Five-Minute Writing Tips simple. Today I’m using familiar children’s stories and fairly tales to explain when to use “in” “into” and “in to.” I’ll start with a short usage explanation of each, then some examples.
“In” indicates position, place, or location.
“Into” indicates movement of something toward something else.
“In to” relates preceding and following occurrences.
This November we might end up with a President who outlaws eating eggs and ham in a tree or giving cookies to mice; but hopefully, we’ll still have the right to come into our homes and remove intruders we find sleeping in our beds.