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Into vs. In To

How does one know when to use into or in to?

One of the main uses of the preposition into is to indicate movement toward the inside of a place.

Examples
The children jumped into the lake for a swim.
Mom drove the car into the garage.

In to is the adverb in followed by the preposition to.

Examples:
He turned his paper in to the teacher.
The administrators wouldn’t give in to the demands of the protesters.

We will explore into vs. in to in more depth in a future blog.

 

Pop Quiz

  1. As a child, I was too afraid to go into/in to the Halloween haunted house.
  2. I’m going to turn the wallet I found into/in to the police.
  3. If your battery is running low, you’ll need to plug your power cord into/in to the socket.

 

Pop Quiz Answers

  1. into
  2. in to
  3. into

Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 10:02 pm


427 Comments

427 Responses to “Into vs. In To

  1. Tom Miller says:

    Thanks for these daily tips. They are very helpful.
    I would love to see a tip on use/used ….I use/used to be a student at Indiana State University.
    Thanks again,
    Tom Miller

  2. Ray says:

    Dive into fun or dive in to fun?

  3. jessica says:

    blends in to or blends into?

    • Jane says:

      Great question! You would say, “After years of fame, she hopes now to blend in with the crowd.” However, this next example comes from The Chicago Manual of Style in its discussion of copyright laws: In the case of online publishing, reproduction and distribution blend into the act of transmitting the work on demand to the reader’s computer. So it seems that blend in with and blend into are the common expressions.

  4. Billy says:

    Log into/in to a computer?

  5. Billy says:

    Figured it out.

    Log into a computer. If there is a verb associated with the to then you use in to. For example:
    He went in to run an errand vs. he went into the store to run an errand

    • Jane says:

      You have a good idea but it doesn’t really apply here. The real question to ask is, “Is there actual entrance?” If so, use “into.” What makes your question so intriguing is that it is debatable whether there is entrance when logging in. I would say “no.” Also, the expression is “log in,” not “log into”; therefore, use “log in to.”

      • Lauren says:

        Couldn’t both be true, such as in the following examples?

        You will need to log in to complete your activties.

        You can complete your activities by logging into your secure homepage.

        • Jane says:

          I think one could argue for either form in the case of your second sentence. “Into” implies entrance, which one could say is meant figuratively here, even if not literally. Therefore, I would like to combine my earlier response to Billy of June 14, 2010, with the response to Becky Cudo of June 30, 2010, and say that either into or in to is acceptable.

          • Marge says:

            Funny we’ve always said “log on!”

          • Jane says:

            Many people use log on and log in interchangeably. Others make a distinction that you first go to the internet and log on to a website (URL), then you can log in to sign in with a username and password.

          • Mr Dee says:

            But I suppose ‘log in’ is a phrasal verb, and a register word for computing. If that is the case, ‘into’ could not have been used with ‘log’.

          • Jane says:

            Thank you. We fixed that typographical error.

      • Jane says:

        Usually, when the word login is used, it is used as a noun meaning “the act of logging in to a database, device, or computer, especially a multiuser computer or a remote or networked computer system.” For example, “We are excited about the number of logins to our website.” The verbs are two words: log in and log out, whereas the nouns are login and logout. Therefore, in the verb form, I favor log in to.

        • ari says:

          About into/in to and log in/log on

          Log in to a database. While performing the login, ensure you have your password handy.

          You log on to a computer/system. Mostly for gaining access into your hardware. Any application on your computer or websites and personal accounts have to be logged in to.

  6. Brina says:

    I’m into or in to sports? (As in, I enjoy sports)

    • Jane says:

      “I’m into sports” is the expression.

      • Jasper says:

        Hi!

        I’ve read somewhere that English experts think that using “into” as slang is unacceptable. Therefore the expression ” “I’m into sports” is wrong!?

        They say that using “into” as someone into something should not be used!

        Is this correct?

        • Jane says:

          Using the word into to mean “involved with or interested in” is common in American English. It is, however, sometimes defined as “informal” English, therefore it could be considered unacceptable in formal writing.

  7. Becky Cudo says:

    get back into or in to the workforce

    • Jane says:

      I think you could argue for either form in this case. “Into” implies entrance, which one could say is meant figuratively here, even if not literally.

  8. Micaela says:

    Climb into bed???

  9. Jay says:

    The caterpillar turned into/in to a butterfly? Thanks!

  10. Dean says:

    Great differentiations. How about…”Enter the final number into the last column of the spreadsheet.” Although a column is bounded on two sides, I would propose that it is better to use “in” in this case. However, because a cell (or field) of a spreadsheet is more specifically bounded on four sides, the use of “into” would be more appropriate if the sentence read, “Enter the final number into cell C-4 of the spreadsheet.” What is your opinion, Jane?

    • Jane says:

      I agree that “Enter the final number into cell C-4 of the spreadsheet” is better because 1. the cell is bounded on four sides, as you say and 2. it answers the question “where?” However, I would also use “into” in your first example, “Enter the final number into the last column of the spreadsheet” because it is still answering where the number should be placed. In addition, it is more common to hear of entering numbers into things. Example: I entered my birth date into the box provided.

      • Rene Post says:

        Regarding, ”Enter the final number into the last column of the spreadsheet.”
        If one use ‘in’, as in ”Enter the final number in the last column of the spreadsheet.” ‘in’ in this sentence could mean ‘coming out’ (depending on context). For instance, in a situation like this “Enter the final number as your password. You can find that number in the last column of the spreadsheet.” For a more experienced user who asked, which number do I need to entert, one could just say, ”Enter the final number in the last column of the spreadsheet.”

  11. Judy says:

    You grant us the right to insert the logo in to your ad.
    or
    You grant us the right to insert the logo into your ad.

    • Jane says:

      “You grant us the right to insert the logo into your ad.” However, because you have already said “insert,” “into” is a bit redundant. You may want to write, “You grant us the right to insert the logo in your ad.”

  12. Tim says:

    I will look in to/into the options you have suggested.

  13. Jessica says:

    Do your kids define cleaning their room as shoving everything into/in the closet?

  14. Abby says:

    Turn this into/in to a family event?

  15. Colleen says:

    Tune into channel 4 or Tune in to channel 4?

    • Jane says:

      tune in to Channel 4
      “Tune in” is an expression when used with television shows.

      • Tim says:

        “Tune to Channel 4″ is also correct.
        Some websites, like Google, use “sign in to your account” or “log in to your account,” but I can see “sign/log into” as correct because you are entering or moving into a new area, albeit a virtual one.

  16. Peg says:

    This fall I will be going in to my second year of high school or into my second year of high school. If I opt not to rewrite the sentence, which of the two would be appropriate?

  17. Dorothy says:

    Your name will be entered in/into a raffle for a fun prize. I’m thinking “into”, am I right?

  18. Jo says:

    It was good to run in to/into you yesterday?

    • Jane says:

      Either “run in to” or “run into” would be correct; however, I would use “run in to” since you don’t literally mean “collide.”

  19. Wes says:

    He was always one to lean into/in to a fight (as in, he has an aggressive personality)

  20. Kathryn says:

    Leap into/in to Science?

  21. Margie says:

    Get into or in to college?

  22. Nicole says:

    an artistic glance into/in to the chilling pits…

    I can’t tell which to use. Can you help?

  23. Nicole says:

    it is transformed into/ in to a situation mirroring the…

  24. Sahil Malhotra says:

    The result is that venture firms are putting much less money in/into technology startups than in the past?

  25. Courteney says:

    The agreement goes into/in to effect on October 1st and will remain in effect for one year.

  26. Matt says:

    Controversy has followed Britney Spears since she shimmied her way into/in to pop culture as a provocative schoolgirl over a decade ago.

  27. Toni says:

    …will be incorporated in/in to/into the proposal

  28. Allison says:

    Teachers fall in to/in to one of three groups.

  29. Susan says:

    When is it preferable to use in to? From all that I’ve read here, it seems as though into is always correct. Is that true?

    • Jane says:

      No, sometimes “in to” is the only correct answer.
      Examples:
      He turned his paper in to the teacher.
      The administrators wouldn’t give in to the demands of the protesters.

  30. Susan says:

    Thanks so much for clarifying this for me.

  31. Jim says:

    My favorite is when crooks turn themselves into police.

  32. Jim says:

    If I edit to what-I’d-consider-over-hyphenation, it would look like this:
    Sometimes I long for the-return-of-hyphenation.
    I fantasize
    “Crooks turn-themselves-in to police.”
    as being correct.
    Over-hyphenation, maybe, but I appreciate the-singularitization-which-can-be-brought-about-by-the-use-of-hyphens.
    Lynn Truss’s chapter-title “A Little Used Punctuation Mark” is self-illuminating.
    I will not be holding-my-breath!

  33. Jim says:

    Yes. Actually, that is kindly-put. Thank you.

    • Jane says:

      You’re welcome; however, kindly put should not be hyphenated here because it does not act as a single expression in front of a noun.
      For example: a kindly-put response

  34. Jim says:

    Wow. Of course, you are right! Thanks!

  35. Stephanie says:

    When did you take it into/ in to work?

  36. Kelly says:

    “We have settled in to our new house” or “We have settled into our new house”

  37. Nancy says:

    Additional expense would only come in to/into play of there were more co-defendants.

  38. Dawn says:

    plug into the power of prayer?

    • Jane says:

      Yes, “plug into the power of prayer” is similar to Pop Quiz question #3, “If your battery is running low, you’ll need to plug your power cord into the socket.”

  39. Bailee says:

    Governor Brownback settles into/in to Topeka?

  40. Mesa says:

    What about putting something into/in to words?
    Like, “Yeah I have this great idea but I don’t know how to put it into/in to words?” or something

  41. Eugene says:

    “The document was simplified to fit into 2 pages.” or could I simply say “The document was simplified to fit 2 pages.”

  42. Helen says:

    Hi Jane, what about: disappearing into the dark recess vs. disappearing in to the dark recess? Or should it be: disappearing within the dark recess? Perhaps you could advise me. Thanks!

  43. Laura says:

    She carefully smoothed and tamed the unruly hair into the usual neat and tidy bun.

  44. Kevin says:

    What ingredients go in to/into the cake?

    I could rewrite it “what ingredients go in the cake” so shouldn’t it be “in to”?

    Can you expound upon your basic rule of locations being “into”. Do we also use “into” if the action is a combining, blending or becoming of something else like your example from July 2010 regarding the caterpillar turning into a butterfly?

    Using the police and crooks example from November 2010…
    “crooks turn themselves into police” would be correct if they were coming from different directions and physically turned and bumped into one another or if the criminal became a law enforcement officer. I understand that. “The caterpillar turned into a butterfly”? The caterpillar is crawling along and bumps into a butterfly? The caterpillar becomes a butterfly makes sense but it’s not a location so if you could just clarify.

    Thanks.

    • Jane says:

      What ingredients go into the cake?
      Locations with “into” suggest movement from the outside to the inside, such as the car moving into the garage.
      “Into” can take on various meanings. In the butterfly example, it shows a change of state.

  45. Antonia says:

    Hi Jane. What about Break in to / Break into? Technically a person is gaining entrance when they break in. But at the same time the verb is “to break in” not “to break” right? Thanks for your help.

    • Jane says:

      “Break into” would be correct. In this case, the verb “break,” when used in this way, does mean enter, rather than smash or separate into pieces.

      • Clem says:

        I strongly disagree. “Breaking” is not the same as going in to, hence the crime of breaking AND entering. “Breaking in” however carries the the idea of both the breaking of the seal and the entering of the the building.

        • The phrase “break in” is an idiomatic verb phrase meaning “to force entry into a place.” This is one of those cases where it is unlikely that anyone will argue with the use of either into or in to.

  46. Jason says:

    We’re five weeks into/in to the new year.

    Thanks!

  47. Laurie says:

    tricked him in to signing the paper or tricked him into signing the paper?

  48. Brandon says:

    He’s just not that into you?

  49. Jill says:

    Worth looking into/in to?

  50. Sunshine says:

    To me, it seems like if you can say your sentence without the object – it works with just “in”. But, if it doesn’t sound right or make sense without the object – it should be “into”.

    When did you take it in…to work — YES
    Teachers fall in…to one of three groups. — NO
    My favorite is when crooks turn themselves in…to police. — YES
    Do your kids define cleaning their room as shoving everything in…to the closet? — NO

    I’m sure someone might find fault in my logic or there might be an instance in which this doesn’t apply, but it seems to help me (again, in most instances).

    • Jane says:

      That is great if you are able to make the distinction that way. Your method may not work for everyone, however. What “sounds right” to one person might not “sound right” to another. It would be wonderful if there was a universal shortcut that worked for everyone!

  51. Ken S. says:

    Plug in to/into the cloud? This is the headline to a tech magazine I got in the mail. I think “in to” but my friend says “into.”

  52. Bill says:

    “I’m too tired to recount the unpleasantries one-by-one” or “one by one”? Thank you so much.

  53. Brenna says:

    I was hoping not to get into/in to this (situation)?

  54. Rudi says:

    In biological classfication we say genera are grouped in to families and families are grouped in to orders. Or should it be into?

  55. Tom says:

    that’s something I’d be in to/into?

  56. Dennis says:

    Walking into a wall I blackout, waking in to a word of wonder.

  57. Janet says:

    I require the information to download onto my computer

  58. Phil says:

    Regarding “I’m really into/in to sports,” I think we could extrapolate this example to any situation where into/in to is used to convey interest in something. If “into” is the preferred form, it becomes ambiguous when we’re talking about interest in something that you can also literally also go into.

    Example: I’m really into cars.
    Even worse: He’s been into Sarah lately.

    Seems like “in to” might be a better choice?

    • Jane says:

      I can understand why there is so much confusion. The word “into” has several different meanings. Not all indicate actual entry. One of the meanings of the word is “involved with or interested in.” That is the case with the examples you gave.

  59. Olivia Oxendine says:

    What about the use of in vs. into in the following sentence?

    I would like to incorporate a flower (in or into) the oil painting.

    Thanks,
    Libby

  60. Erik says:

    These are GREAT examples of when to use “into” and “in to” . Thank you very much for your input.

  61. Elle O. says:

    Jane,
    Check in to a hotel or check into a hotel? Since “check in” is an expression like
    “Tune in” (from above), I lean towards “check in to…” but “check into…” makes sense, too.

  62. Emily says:

    Are these correct?

    I have noted the true thought, attention and care that they put into each patient encounter.

    Putting all that I am into everything I do…

    Thanks

  63. Christi says:

    I got into Las Vegas late last night/ I got in to Las Vegas late last night

  64. Vicki says:

    The patient came into the office today for a consultation or The patient came in to the office today for a consultation.

  65. Holly says:

    I will not get into/in to a vehicle with strangers. ??
    Thanks

  66. Lynne says:

    She leaned in to him/She leaned into him?

  67. Robin Sullivan says:

    “Yes you are,” Aaron replied, separating the pieces into/in to piles.

  68. Vi says:

    I was turning into my driveway. Or he turned into the parking lot.

    I’m not sure if it should be into, which is correct, I think, or if it should be in to for clarity.

    • Jane says:

      Using the interpretation that one of the main uses of the preposition into is to indicate movement toward the “inside” of a place, the sentences would be: I was turning into my driveway. He turned into the parking lot.

  69. Laurie says:

    I will look into it or I will look in to it

  70. Lauren says:

    I was booked into our local hospital/ I was booked in to our local hospital?

  71. jawa says:

    “The Awkward Moment Wen U Wake Up In The Morning n See Ur Phone Into Pieces” is this a correct usage ? ? ?

    • Jane says:

      I am assuming that this is purposely written in a “text message” style. The phrase is not grammatically correct as it is not a complete sentence, so I am assuming it would be used as a headline or title. If so, the correct wording would be “The Awkward Moment When You Wake Up in the Morning and See Your Phone Is in Pieces.”

  72. Rique says:

    Don’t give in to temptation

    or

    Don’t give into temptation

    Which is correct?

    Thanks

  73. Cheryl says:

    find the area you can plug in to, or find the area you can plug into?

  74. Maria says:

    What about: I poured countless hours in to the creation of my portfolio.

  75. Deborah says:

    WAWA is the perfect start into low-risk surgery.

    or

    in to low-risk surgery?

  76. Joshua says:

    “Step into these shoes and step in to fashion.” Correct?

  77. Dorie Morgan says:

    pulled into the Taco Bell parking lot or in to?

  78. Jessica says:

    into “big-kid” underwear or in to “big-kid” underwear?

  79. Pam says:

    This is referring to a voicemail service.

    It’s actually a service that they call in to?

  80. fusun says:

    Please throw the toilet paper into/in to the basket.

  81. Ashley says:

    incorporate the policy values in to my response letter or to incorporate the policy values into my response letter?

  82. Mark says:

    The cost could reach well into/in to the billions of dollars?

    Gut says into….

  83. Julie says:

    …time-and-money-saving features built right into it/time-and-money-saving features built right in to it.

  84. Rachel says:

    Wonderful site. Thank you.
    Here’s one. What about turn data into/in to insight? My guess is “in to” because I can’t “enter” into insight. Am I correct?

    • Jane says:

      “Turn data into insight” would be correct, since you are not actually turning data in. In this case “into” indicates movement or direction rather than entry.

  85. LD says:

    Hi Jane! Two questions….

    I’m not sure if I understood this correctly…You mention above that it is not correct to use “log into” since the expression is “log in” so we should therefore use “Log In To”…but later you say to use “plug into” but isn’t the expression “Plug in” so shouldn’t that also be “Plug In To”?

    Secondly, why would we say, “He’s just not that into you.” when obviously we are not talking about him going inside or becoming ‘you’?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Jane says:

      If you were to say, “I need to plug in to charge my phone” (or do another task), then you would use “plug in.” Otherwise you would use “plug into” (something). Regarding “He’s just not that into you,” in this case the word “into” means “involved with or interested in.” It does not indicate actual entry or movement.

  86. Todd says:

    Is there a difference in usage when discussing hobbies?

    For example:

    I’m into sports.
    I’m in to playing sports.

    • Jane says:

      The correct usage would be “I’m into sports” or “I’m into playing sports.” In both cases, the word “into” means “involved with or interested in.”

  87. Cathy says:

    (There’s or there is) no longer a need to sort documents (in to or into) two categories which will be a more efficient process.

    • Jane says:

      “There is no longer a need to sort documents into two categories which will be a more efficient process,” is correct. In formal writing it is recommended that contractions such as there’s should be avoided.

  88. Peggy says:

    How about the use of “into” with “only”?

    Where should I place the qualifier “only” when trying to distinguish between when a record should be entered into the Red file, but not into the Red file AND the Green file?

    Would one use
    “A record should be entered only into the Red file in the following situations”
    or
    “A record should be entered into only the Red file in the following situation”?

    (It should definitely NOT be “A record should be entered into the Red file in the following situations only” or “only the following situations” because we are not qualifying the situation, we are qualifying the file.)

    Thanks!

    • Jane says:

      The word “only” is commonly misplaced in sentences. “Only” should emphasize the word or phrase that immediately follows it. Since you want to emphasize the red file, “A record should be entered into only the red file in the following situations,” would be better.

  89. Margaret says:

    Question: Was it a direct hit to your mouth or was it a specific side of your mouth? Answer: Straight into my mouth. I’m thinking into because it wasn’t inside of his mouth but to the inside corner of his mouth. Is this correct?

  90. Mel says:

    I appreciate the effort you put into/in to the recommendation?

  91. Lisa says:

    What about the following:

    a. They braved their way into/in to nursing.
    b. They couldn’t be talked into/in to touring the mansions
    c. They were wrong to goad the into/in to war.
    e. They caved into/in to using the old musket.
    f. They tried to incense her into/in to saying something against her will.
    g. They could coax the devil into/in to shedding his evil ways.
    h. They recruited the townsfolk into/in to taking sides.
    i. They motivated them into/in to putting up a good fight.
    j. They had to wean them into/in to the sound of a gun.
    k. They were shamed into/in to deserting.
    l. They chimed into/in to help him sing the remaining hymn
    m. They baited him into/in to giving up his secret.
    n. They gave into/in to signing up the petition.
    o. They couldn’t be duped into/in to changing their minds.

    • Jane says:

      In to is correct for sentences l and n. The others would use into. In sentence n, the word up is an extra preposition and is not needed in the sentence

  92. Jill says:

    He will be sworn into the Washington Bar. Or, He will be sworn in to the Washington Bar?

  93. ryan dunne says:

    Pity we’re not really into/in to imbeciles?

    • Jane says:

      Although this appears to be either a serious insult or a marginally distasteful sarcastic remark, I will say that the correct usage would be into.

  94. Marla says:

    Earlier, you posted that the correct way to use in to/into in the following sentence was this: She is into sports. I am confused, however because that sentence does not anwer the question “where.” It’s WHAT does she enjoy? So wouldn’t it be “She is in to sports?”

    • Jane says:

      in this case, the word into means “involved with or interested in.” When you are speaking of a hobby or interest, you would say that they are “into” it.

  95. Christina says:

    Thanks for providing guidance on so many questions regarding this issue — I’ve found this list very helpful.

    I have a question about your response to Lisa’s list of statements from 10/24/2011.

    You said that “into” was appropriate in all of her sentences except for one. I’m wondering about sentence ‘n’: They gave into / in to signing up the petition.

    Are you recommending “into” because the phrasal verb “give into” is distinct from “give in”?

    • Jane says:

      These into vs. in to situations can be tricky. Upon reconsideration, I believe that sentence n should use in to. However, the preposition up should be removed from the sentence so that it reads, “They gave in to signing the petition.” The response to Lisa’s question has been adjusted.

  96. Emily says:

    What about “You will never fit into/in to this family.”

  97. Leslie says:

    Bring a pair of shoes to change into. -or- Bring a pair of shoes to change in to.

    • Jane says:

      When speaking of a change of clothing, change into is an idiomatic verb and it is highly unlikely that anyone will interpret that a person will become a pair of shoes. Therefore, write “Bring a pair of shoes to change into.”

  98. mj says:

    All age groups will be broken down into divisions. (into or in to?)

  99. Bhupender says:

    The policeman prevented us from entering in/into the hall. or just The policeman prevented us from entering the hall.

  100. Jessica says:

    Our new house is so big that we have plenty of room to grow into/in to.

  101. Scott says:

    How about this one:

    Consent to Enter Into Settlement Agreement, or

    Consent to Enter In To Settlement Agreement

    (Both refer to the name of a document)

    No matter how many time I look at this I get confused.

  102. Nixon says:

    I just tuned into/in to NPR.

  103. Amanda says:

    What about “She is looking in to/into joining a gym.”
    Thanks!

  104. jean says:

    I am glad someone had the time to go 100 pages back in to my blog.

  105. Fran says:

    The 5-year-old boy was brought into/in to the walk-in clinic by his grandmother. ?

  106. Bill says:

    Party A enters into/in to a contract for services?
    Other agreements Party B would enter into/in to are for similar services?

    Thanks.

  107. Matt says:

    “brings into being” or “brings in to being”?

    eg.
    “It is a poem in which the author brings in to being the counter-intuitive argument that better people make the world a worse place.”

  108. Tamiko says:

    The caterpillar turned into a butterfly.
    The caterpillar turned a test in to a butterfly.

    • Jane says:

      Your sentences are correct as written, although I imagine the second one would apply to a storybook, animated film, or cartoon where a caterpillar is a student in a class taught by a butterfly.

  109. Keesha says:

    Place the fruit in/into the container.

  110. Jamie says:

    Providing input into the budget process . . . (seems redundant)
    or
    Providing input to the budget process . . . (this was my suggested edit)

  111. Gemma says:

    ‘Jenny and her mum moved in to a new house’? Or could I just remove the ambisuity with ‘Jenny and her mum moved to a new house’?

    • Jane says:

      Either of the following is grammatically correct:
      Jenny and her mum moved into a new house. OR
      Jenny and her mum moved to a new house.

  112. shon.25 says:

    Slightly off from the topic but very similar, can you help me with this phrasing? The wording of the original was – Mortar had turned to sands and powder. – but I wanted to expand into metaphor…

    Mortar had turned to the sands and powder of time.
    or
    Mortar had turned into the sands and powder of time.

    Was the original incorrect?

    • Jane says:

      One of the definitions of turn is “to become changed, altered, or transformed.” Therefore, any of the phrases would be grammatically correct.

  113. Lisa says:

    I’ve read through almost all examples posted and am a bit dizzy …
    There are two sentences in each example below that use the term into/in to (wrote them out individually to better compare, but am still not clear which is correct):

    “Parents who tune into their TV might well be tuning out their children … Playing games together is one way parents can tune back into their kids.”
    ~or~
    “Parents who tune in to their TV might well be tuning out their children … Playing games together is one way parents can tune back in to their kids.”

    I’m thinking “tune into their TV” and “tune back in to their kids,” yet, am not 100% sure (have been going back and forth). What’s your view Jane? Thanks!

    • Jane says:

      “Tune in” is an expression meaning “to listen to or view a broadcast of.” Another definition is “to associate oneself with what is happening or one’s surroundings.” Therefore, I recommend:

      Parents who tune in to their TV might well be tuning out their children … Playing games together is one way parents can tune back in to their kids.

  114. Lea Ogborn says:

    The children were drawn in to the story.
    or
    The children wer drawn into the story.

    • Jane says:

      Some might reason that, since the children are not literally drawn in to become characters in the story, “The children were drawn in to the story.” However, The American Heritage Dictionary lists one “informal” definition of into as “Interested in or involved with.” In that case, we could reason that, “The children were drawn into the story.” I don’t think you’ll run into much serious argument either way.

  115. Mike says:

    I’m not 100% on this one. I think it’s “into” but could use an explanation. Thanks.
    “I’m going to settle into/in to a new look.”

    • Jane says:

      The phrase settle into is defined in some dictionaries as “to become comfortable in a new place or situation.” The phrase settle in means ” to become adapted to and at ease in a new home, environment, etc. Although both are closely related, I favor settle into but I don’t think you’d get much argument with either into or in to.

  116. Thomas Mundell says:

    Assigned Into/In to a group?

  117. Lori-Anne says:

    Fit your hand into clean or fit your hand in to clean.

    • Jane says:

      Your example contains the adverb in. This is followed by the preposition to and the verb clean which together are the infinitive form of the verb to clean. Here is an example of your phrase used in a sentence:
      It is difficult to fit your hand in to clean the drain.

      Without the verb clean, you would have: It is difficult to fit your hand into the drain.

  118. Dan says:

    Hi,

    I have a question.
    Goes into/in to bat for…

    There was a headline that I read, that said:
    “Schoolboy goes into bat for beaten dog” where I thought it should be …goes in to bat…

    Can you shed any light on this?
    Thanks

    • Jane says:

      The phrase that applies to your example is go to bat for, which means “give support or help to someone or something.” The term go in to bat for indicates pinch-hitting for someone in a baseball or softball game.

      Schoolboy Goes to Bat for Beaten Dog

  119. Urus says:

    Hi Jane, I’ve got a question, should we use ‘take into process’ or ‘in process’ while writing or speaking such sentences like ‘I would take your order into process’?

    • Jane says:

      Your example requires use of the adverb in followed by the preposition to. Also, if you are speaking of the future tense, use the auxiliary will rather than would. In addition, I recommend adding the pronoun it after the word process.

      I will take your order in to process it. OR
      I would like to take your order in to process it.

  120. ashley says:

    “We have incorporated the changes from the script review into/in to the attached storyboard.”

    • Jane says:

      One of the definitions of into is “so as to be in or be included in.” Based on this definition, the following is correct:

      We have incorporated the changes from the script review into the attached storyboard.

  121. Marie says:

    What about when a color changes, like when mixing colors?

    Would it be “the colors changed into brown” or “the colors changed in to brown?”

    There is a distinction on what the color brown is, so does that mean that we would use “into?” If there is a certain line distinguishing on what is brown and is not, then there is a so-called entrance to brown, right?

  122. Sidney says:

    I am, with an 8th grade formal education, not a person who knows much about sentence structure. For me ‘into’ is to enter into something, be it the water, a room, etc. For example the sentence:

    Let’s go in, to see if they are okay, gives me a comma after the word ‘in’, and has me thinking: Let’s go in. In to do what? To see if they are okay.

    I looked into the room (my sight went through an open space).

    At one time I was in to line dancing:
    In to what? In, to Line dancing.

    Take the road, in to town:
    In to where? In, to town.

    • Jane says:

      Your first example is correct, but you do not need a comma after the word in. Let’s go in to see if they are okay.

      I looked into the room is correct.

      One of the definitions of the word into is “involved with or interested in.” When you are speaking of a hobby or interest, you would say that you are “into” it. Therefore, At one time I was into line dancing is correct.

      In your last example, the word into indicates movement toward or entrance. Take the road into town is correct.

      • Hoaxster says:

        If you can put the word “order between “in” and “to” and it maintains the intent, then use “in to”.

        • Jane says:

          This is good guidance as far as it goes, but it does not always work. In the case of the following exaples, it does not make sense:

          He turned his paper in to the teacher.
          The fugitive turned himself in to the police.

  123. Not-So-Important Person says:

    How much detail should I put into this?

    Or,

    How much detail should I put in to this?

    • Jane says:

      Your sentence is most closely related to definition 5 of our recent newsletter and blog entitled “Into vs. In To (Expanded),” which says “Into can imply introduction, insertion, or inclusion. “One of the examples accompanying that definition was “Jojo incorporated my comments into the final document.” Therefore, “How much detail should I put into this?” is correct.

  124. Jonathan says:

    “I looked in the mirror”?

    Or

    “I looked into the mirror”?

    • Jane says:

      While either one may be grammatically correct, “I looked in the mirror” is preferred. “I looked into the mirror” carries an implication of movement toward the inside of an object or place, as though you are looking inside the mirror. Or, it could even imply you are looking into buying a mirror.

  125. nathan says:

    “The water has come in to the soul.” (Meaning, the water has come in, up to the level of the soul.) Ideally it would be ‘the water has come in unto the soul” but I am trying to avoid the archaic term ‘unto’.

    • Jane says:

      Our recent blog Into vs. In To (Expanded) says, “One of the main uses of the preposition into is to indicate movement toward the inside of a place.” Therefore, “The water has come into the soul,” is correct.

  126. Grant says:

    Which is correct?

    Chomp into/in to a good book?

    I can’t seem to figure this one out even after looking at your previous responses and directions. Thanks!

    • Jane says:

      This is a very unusual phrase since you are not literally taking a bite out of a book. Our blog Into vs. In to (expanded) says, “Into can indicate occupation or involvement.” Therefore, I recommend using into.

  127. Margo says:

    I have just read ALL of the entries and find this site most entertaining and enjoyable. Thank you, Jane!

  128. Lisa says:

    It gave me a wonderful insight in to/into the school? Thanks!

  129. Caspar says:

    Hi

    Doesn’t it depend on whether the ‘in’ is part of a phrasal verb or not – or, to put it another way, whether the verb + ‘in’ means something quite different from the verb by itself (or the verb + ‘into)?

    So, to ‘turn someone in’ means to hand them over to an authority and takes ‘in to’ (‘I turned him in to the police’), while ‘turn’ by itself means deviate from a straight path (‘he turned into the driveway’), and of course you ‘turn into’ a beetle, if you do it at all.

    This rule gets over the problem of more abstract concepts like ‘inquiring into’, ‘looking into’, where there is no entering in the usual sense.

    into’ (a phrasal verb including the word ‘into’, wo

  130. Talon says:

    “I can’t get into a book,” or “I can’t get in to a book?” I’m confused for this one…

  131. Cameron says:

    “The meetings gave me a lot of insight “into” what goes “in to” expanding a brand and connecting with the audience.

    Are “into” and “in to” correct here?
    Thank you!

    • Jane says:

      Yes, the words into and in to are correct in your sentence.

      The meetings gave me a lot of insight into what goes in to expanding a brand and connecting with the audience.

  132. Widow says:

    The patient changed into/in to hospital attire.

  133. Gary says:

    I have a question concerning in vs into. Is it correct to say, “I put it in my pocket.” or should it be “I put it into my pocket.”?

  134. Lauren says:

    Which is correect? “Everything was starting to fall into place” or “everything was starting to fall in to place” ?

  135. grace says:

    How about… She looked into her soul or she looked in to her soul.
    Thank you!

  136. SO says:

    I feel quite confused about this; which of the two is correct, and why so?

    ‘The effort you put in to it’ OR ‘The effort you put into it’

    Thank you very much for your help!

    PS. Is it ‘Look into the matter’ OR ‘Look in to the matter’?

    Thank you, Ms Jane!

    • Jane says:

      Our blog Into vs. In To (Expanded) says, “4. Into can indicate occupation or involvement.” and “5. Into can imply introduction, insertion, or inclusion.” Therefore, write “the effort you put into it” and “look into the matter.”

  137. Chandi says:

    “guaranteed admission into university” or “guaranteed admission to university”

    Thanks!

  138. Erica says:

    I will take that into/in to consideration.

    • Jane says:

      Our blog Into vs. In To (Expanded) says, “5. Into can imply introduction, insertion, or inclusion.” Therefore, write “I will take that into consideration.”

  139. Philip says:

    So, in keeping with the comma theme, do I use a semicolon to start a descriptive sequence? E.g., She was a really attractive woman; tall, buxom, and friendly.

    Thanks.

    • Jane says:

      You would use a colon in that case. Our Rule 1 of Colons states, “Use the colon after a complete sentence to introduce a list of items when introductory words such as namely, for example, or that is do not appear.”
      She was a really attractive woman: tall, buxom, and friendly.

  140. Nicolette says:

    Hi Jane, I saw earlier you said “Dive into fun.”

    I have a headline launching a new 2013 resort directory:

    “Dive in to your new directory.” (Should it be “into”?)

    You also mentioned that “into” would imply an entrance – would this apply to something like a book?

    • Jane says:

      The headline should read “Dive into your new directory.” Our blog Into vs. In to (expanded) says, “Into can indicate occupation or involvement.”

  141. River says:

    So… You do turn into a driveway, right? I don’t want people to think the driver transformed into my driveway for the story I am writing.

    • Jane says:

      Since the preposition into can indicate movement toward the “inside” of a place, as well as “in the direction of,” I agree that turning into a driveway is acceptable. (Due to the potential for misinterpretation, this is one of those cases where I don’t believe anyone will argue with the use of either into or in to in your sentence.)

  142. Lynn says:

    I really did read all the entries before submitting this! Since I hate to have my reputation tarnished:

    Putting Intent in to Action (?)

    • Jane says:

      Your phrase relates to the definition, “Into can imply introduction, insertion, or inclusion.”

      Therefore, write “putting intent into action.”

  143. Sarah says:

    The article suggests that if regulations are not put into place, then football may turn into boxing.

    Is the use of “into” correct in this sentence?

  144. Judy says:

    What about in combination with words such as “implement” or “integrate”? For example, “Use these strategies to integrate higher order questions in/into your instruction.” Integrate already means “add in,” so the use of “in” or “into” seems redundant, but you need something. So do you use “in” alone or “to” alone?

    Compare this usage with “upload” as in “upload the files in to your system.” Upload means bring in, so I would revise to say “Upload the files to your system.”

    Thank you.

    • Jane says:

      The word implement is defined in the dictionary as “carry out, accomplish.” I cannot think of a sentence that would properly use either into or in to with implement.

      Examples:
      We have to decide the best way to implement our plan.
      The company will begin to implement the new policy on January 1, 2014.

      According to The American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of the word integrate is “To make part of a larger unit: integrated the new procedures into the work routine.” Likewise, Merriam Webster’s Dictionary uses the following example sentences for the word integrate:

      They have resisted efforts to integrate women into the military.
      Many immigrants have found it difficult to integrate into American culture.

  145. Patsy says:

    Hello Jane,

    My son came from school with some vocabulary to learn and there is a sentence that makes me ‘uncomfortable’.

    Every month, the whole class goes into the library.

    I would have said ‘to the library’ but I may be wrong (my mother tongue is french).

    Thanks you so much for help

    Regards from Snowy Switzerland

  146. Allison says:

    Improve your ability to sell into/ in to high-growth vertical markets? Thank you!

    • Jane says:

      Our blog Into vs. In To (Expanded) says, “Into can imply introduction, insertion, or inclusion.” Therefore, write “Improve your ability to sell into high-growth vertical markets.” Admittedly, I have a limited understanding of finance and marketing. To me, “Improve your ability to sell to high-growth vertical markets” might work fine.

  147. Sarah says:

    The family he was born into.
    or
    The family he was born in to.

    • Jane says:

      Your sentence is most closely related to definition 5 of our recent newsletter and blog entitled “Into vs. In To (Expanded),” which says “Into can imply introduction, insertion, or inclusion.” Therefore, write “the family he was born into.”

  148. Tii says:

    Hello

    I’m writing a story and I’m wanting the grammar to be perfect, would it be “…as his mind slowly faded into numb.” or “…as his mind slowly faded in to numb.”? Also, it’s off topic, but would using numb in that context be acceptable or not?

    Thank you

    • Jane says:

      The word numb is an adjective, therefore I recommend using the word numbness. Also, the word in is unnecessary. You could either write “His mind slowly faded to numbness” or “. . . to a state of numbness.”

  149. Anna says:

    Thank you for these Grammar tips. They are helpful and add to my knowledge.

    I am confused on how to use into and in by in sentences. What are the differences between these prepositions (into vs in).

    Examples
    1. Sharon puts her shoes into a box.
    2. Sharon puts her shoes in a box.
    Which one is the correct or proper sentence? Or could them both be true?

    3. She keeps all her clothes into a wardrobe.
    4. She keeps all her clothes in a wardrobe.
    Which one is the correct or proper sentence? Or could them both be the correct or proper sentences?

    Thank you in advance for your explanation and tips.

    • Jane says:

      Our more recent blog “Into vs. In To (Expanded)” goes into more depth on this topic and lists many more definitions of the word into. In your examples, the word in is used as a function word to indicate inclusion or location. In your first example, either sentence would be grammatically correct, although I favor the shorter in. In your second example, the word into is not correct.

      Sharon puts her shoes in a box.
      She keeps all her clothes in a wardrobe.

      Also, the word them in each of your questions should be they.

      • Kalita says:

        I have a similar question to Anna’s on 2/22/13, so I apologize if I just missed the point.

        On that same note, you exhibit incredible patience when answering questions from people who clearly did not read the previous posts!

        The phrase I am having trouble with comes in the context of two surfaces that will touch each other. Is it correct to say “come into contact with,” or just “come in contact with”?

        It does seem that there is an introduction of the two surfaces, so would “into” be correct?

        Also, I know this is a question of “into” vs. “in” instead of “into” vs. “in to,” but this is the most relevant blog post I could find.

        Thank you Jane!

        • Jane says:

          This is a case of writer’s preference. Since into can indicate “in the direction of,” “come into contact with” is fine. However, “come in contact with” also is acceptable.

  150. TNT says:

    “What goes in to making a minister” or “What goes into making a minister”? Please help!

    • Jane says:

      Our blog Into vs. In To (Expanded) says, “Into can imply introduction, insertion, or inclusion.” Therefore write What goes into making a minister?

  151. Amy says:

    Students who place into/in to English 101 are allowed to take other courses.

  152. Greg says:

    The decisions we will need to make now and into the future….

    ‘now and in to’ or ‘in the future’

  153. Jim says:

    How to log in to your laptop (Title of a Powerpoint which shows the steps used to provide a user and password logging in to the Windows operating system.)
    Could be “How to login to your laptop” or “How to log into your laptop” I am thinking the verb login is being used.

    • Jane says:

      It appears to be widely accepted that words such as login, logon, logoff, when written as single words, are used as nouns or adjectives. The verb form is two words: log in, log on, or log off. (Associated Press Style Manual, Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, etc.). Therefore, you should write How to log in to your laptop.
      There are some who present an argument that log on often means to visit a website, and log in means to sign in with a username and password. I cannot say whether there is any agreement on this in the technical computer community.

      • Tim says:

        When thinking of myself entering a new place, be it virtual or not, is when I lean towards log into/sign into. But I suppose logging/signing in can be thought of as a digital form of signing a guest book where you would “sign in to the meeting,” with the entering still a separate action. We’ll figure it out in 10 years. Just never use login as a verb.

  154. Sarah says:

    What about “give into/in to”? Like give into the demands… ? Thanks!

  155. kgso4 says:

    Which one is grammatically correct??

    “My friend logs into facebook from his mobile phone.”

    or

    “My friend logs in to facebook from his mobile phone.”

  156. bgnryynynr says:

    what will be the correct answer ?
    I put the noodles in/into the pan.

  157. Kerry says:

    Which would be correct?
    Thank you for the time and effort you put in to your teaching.
    Thank you for the time and effort you put into your teaching.

  158. John says:

    Are you still into/in to baking?

  159. Barb says:

    Is it correct to say, ‘You are invited into relationship with God’?

    • Jane says:

      Better sentences might be: “You are invited into a relationship with God,” “You are invited to enter into a relationship with God,” or “You are invited to begin a relationship with God.”

  160. cindy says:

    Which would be correct?

    An investigation in to the effects of this new program
    An investigation into the effects of this new program

  161. khurram says:

    rather than or rather then ?

  162. Mischel says:

    What have we gotten ourselves in to/into?

  163. daniel says:

    We can tie that into/in to the presentation?

    • Jane says:

      While the word into can imply “introduction,” “insertion,” or “inclusion,” we could also consider the verb in this sentence to be “tie in” which would require a space before “to.” In this case, either would be acceptable.

  164. Pam Leverett says:

    This is verbatim (speaking of a doctor’s excuse)so I cannot reword it.

    Did you ever take that in to/into the company?

    Thanks!

  165. Sam says:

    Which of the following is correct?

    1) Race into the New Year!

    2) Race in to the New Year!

  166. Yadi says:

    If the claim is formalized by the lawyer into/in to a lawsuit, there are usually further negotiations.

    Thanks!

  167. Holly says:

    Driven by her attraction, she gives into/in to his advance?

  168. varun manchanda says:

    the thief ran in/into a park and hid there for 3 hours

  169. AC says:

    Tuning into or tuning in to?

  170. Karl says:

    Poke needles (in to/ into) an effigy.

  171. Una says:

    To buy in to / into something?

    Eg. ‘to what extent are men buying in to (into?) the gender roles portrayed in this medium?’
    Thanks!

  172. ern says:

    progressed into/in to a dinner date
    A night out developed into/in to a commitment between us

  173. Derek says:

    Since English is ever changing, and peoples’ perspectives of ‘correct’ also change, here, this is easiest….

    INTO: to change, morph, make different
    IN TO: IN go towards something (action), TO the direction.

    I went IN TO the store. People came IN TO the country
    The book was made INTO a movie. The caterpillar changed INTO a cocoon. The human turned INTO a werewolf.

    Connotations of words are greater that conceptualized words….

  174. xyz says:

    will go inside or get inside?

    • Jane says:

      The two phrases are slightly different. Go means “move.” The definition of get is “to succeed in going.” Get often implies that there is a process involved that might include a complication or difficulty.

      After playing the children will go inside for dinner.
      We will go inside if it rains.
      It was difficult for the tall man to get inside the compact car.
      How did the burglar get inside your house?

  175. Sydney says:

    How can you describe the consideration of dive into and dive in to

    • Jane says:

      One of the main uses of the preposition into is to indicate movement toward the inside of a place.
      We saw the man dive into the lake and swim toward the boat.

      The term “dive in to” (though less common) would be correct where in is a preposition and to is part of an infinitive verb:
      I will dive in to retrieve my keys from the bottom of the pool.

  176. james says:

    Turn water into / in to wine
    Turn point into / in to prizes

  177. Amy says:

    You have helped me a lot with this. May I ask you to clarify correct usage in this sentence please?

    I didn’t feel up to coming in to University today.

    By what I have read, it should in fact be ‘into’, is that correct?

    Or could it be either?

    Thank you so much!

    • Jane says:

      To, into, and in to are all grammatically correct options in your sentence; however, you need to add the word the before University, and we do not recommend capitalizing university in these sentences.

      I didn’t feel up to coming to the university today. OR
      I didn’t feel up to coming in to the university today. OR
      I didn’t feel up to coming into the university today.

    • Jane says:

      The grammar check program is incorrect. The correct phrase is “many of whom,” because “whom” is the object of the preposition “of.”

  178. J says:

    repurposed into/in to something purposeful?

  179. Eva says:

    Hi Jane,
    Are these punctuated correctly?
    Yes it is.
    Yes sir.
    Thank you for your help.

    • Jane says:

      Our Rule 19 of Commas says, “Use a comma when beginning sentences with introductory words such as well, now, or yes.” Therefore, write the following:

      Yes, it is.
      Yes, sir.

  180. Haseeb says:

    I have a query, its a bit scientific but anout ‘into’ and ‘in to’.

    Cancer is a complex disease that involves a number of genetic alterations which lead to changes in cell physiology followed by progression of transformed cells and the subsequent development “into/in to” malignant tumors.

    • Jane says:

      Use the word into in your sentence. We also recommend the addition of some commas.
      Cancer is a complex disease that involves a number of genetic alterations, which lead to changes in cell physiology, followed by progression of transformed cells and the subsequent development into malignant tumors.

  181. Jill says:

    I can’t determine if this sentence uses it correctly:

    All requests will need to be called into our service center.

    Can you help?

    • Jane says:

      In your sentence, it depends on whether you consider called in to be the verb, or just called. Thus, you would use either in to or into, respectively; there is no one right answer. In addition, the use of the word “need” in your sentence is questionable. Better sentences might be “Please call all requests into our service center” or “All requests should be called into (or in to) our service center.

  182. Nancy says:

    Please help me with this. I have to type everything I transcribe verbatim. Here is what was said:

    My vehicle stopped near the driveway they were trying to turn in to/into.

    • Jane says:

      Since the preposition into can indicate movement toward the “inside” of a place, as well as “in the direction of,” turning into a driveway is acceptable. This is one of those cases where it is unlikely that anyone will argue with the use of either into or in to.

  183. Lindsey says:

    “Move in to an apartment” or “move into an apartment”?

    • Since you don’t move into a building the way you walk or drive into something, we recommend move in to because move in is the verb, not move. However, there is still movement toward the inside of something so both in to and into could be justified.

  184. Hank says:

    When we speak about the act of putting on different items of clothing than those that are currently being worn by the subject of the sentence, my understanding was that “change into” was the accepted idiom, rather than “change in”. Even if there is potential confusion with the other meaning of “change into” (in the sense of “transform into”), the meaning is usually clear from the context. Since “change in” is not usually associated with putting on clothing, it seems odd to me to talk about “a pair of shoes to change in to”.

    The Cambridge Online Dictionaries website gives the example “I’ll just change into (= put on) something a little dressier” (see http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/american-english/change_2), and that sounds rights to me.

    So for me “change into some different clothes” and “turn into a parking lot” both sound correct, and in both cases I would figure out from the context that the subject is not “transforming” into clothing or a parking lot…

    Does that make sense?

    • Since change into (especially when speaking of clothing) is an idiomatic verb, it does make sense to write “change into some different clothes” and “a pair of shoes to change into.” We will adjust our December 9, 2011, response to Leslie accordingly. Thank you for writing.

  185. Andy N. says:

    You say: “In to is the adverb in followed by the preposition to.” Actually, the word “in” is also a preposition, not an adverb.

  186. abby says:

    “They were formed ‘into/in to’ two groups”? Which would you use? I’m thinking ‘into’

  187. dan says:

    “Copy the row of data into the report” “Copy the row of data in to the report”

  188. kross says:

    The patient was taken into to the ER or to the ER?

  189. David R says:

    I find it interesting how ‘into’ or ‘in to’ could both be correct in certain circumstances, but with different meanings.

    Consider:
    A. I turned the rabbit in to the magician.
    B. I turned the rabbit into the magician.

    As a native English speak, I would read sentence A as, “I returned the rabbit to the magician”, whereas sentence B implies, “I (magically?) changed the rabbit into a magician

  190. Sean H says:

    I really enjoy these grammar tips. It is always nice to be reassured.

  191. Anamika says:

    Hi,
    please give me an explanation as to why we say”he has brought transparency into the system “and not “in” the system?

  192. Amber says:

    “You’re shooting the virus into me?” (referring to a flu vaccination) in to or into?

  193. Olof says:

    I just got the English version of the electronic Christmas greeting card from the company I work for. There they use the slogan “For a fresh start into the new year!”. Is this correct? What about “For a fresh start in the new year!”?

  194. Taro says:

    strapped into the car or strapped in to the car

  195. Ralph Miller says:

    Does one “pound a square peg in a round hole” or does one “pound a square peg into a round hole”?

  196. david says:

    …”Edward came into contact with Middle Eastern culture” or “Edward came in contact with Middle Eastern culture”

  197. David says:

    Perhaps peoples’ use of “use to” vs. “used to,” is due in part to a decline in reading. When pronounced, the two sound essentially the same because of the adjacent dental consonants. If one seldom sees a word written, one might tend to spell it as it sounds. I have noticed an increasing number of written instances of “I was suppose to,” generally by the same people who write “use to.”

  198. Jane says:

    I know we’re already off-topic, but since we’re discussing subtle yet important corrections, remember that the word people is already plural. Therefore, the possessive is people’s.

  199. Peter says:

    Not always. It functions like a regular past tense in terms of ending in -ed or not.

    Example: I played – I used to play.
    I didn’t play. – I didn’t use to play.
    Did you play? – Did you use to play.

  200. Jane says:

    That is true, however, Tom Miller was asking about the sentence “I used to be a student at Indiana State University.” In that sentence, the correct usage will always be “used to.”

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