Into and "in to" are different. Into indicates movement, action or transformation. "In to" is usually used to mean "in order to". When in and to are used as separate words, they are not a combined phrase.
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- The ugly duckling transformed into a swan.
- I am going into the bar to have a few drinks - ale and lager.
- I am going in to have a few drinks - whiskey and bourbon. (Note that "going in to" refers to "going in, in order to")
- The team brought the trophy in to the cheers of their supporters. In this example in and to are not connected as a combined phrase.
- We decided to dine in to avoid the cold outside on the patio.
- Tune in to our next radio broadcast same time next week. Once again we see that when used separately, in and to convey separate, individual meanings where to is a preposition and in could be a preposition or an adverb.
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The decision to use in or into can also get confusing. All three of these sentences seem correct:
- He went into the car.
- He went in the car.
- He went to the car.
In general, use into when movement, action or a transformation of state occur. In indicates location or state that is generally more static and not transitional. For example, She liked sitting in her grandfather's chair. is correct. She liked sitting into her grandfather's chair. is incorrect.
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