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Note 17 – Into and in, Onto and On

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link –  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 17, then please read on…

I read earlier today about the difference between saying ‘into’ and ‘in’ (and the same for ‘onto’ and ‘on’).   In his book The Queen’s English, Bernard C. Lamb explains this difference quite simply – ‘In and on indicate locations, while into and onto show direction of motion.’

Some examples to illustrate this are:

“The dog jumped onto the settee”

“The girls got into their beds really quickly tonight”

“Richard enjoyed his holiday in Australia this year”

“She was on her bike and drove onto the grass”

“We all got onto the plane and ended up in Majorca”

“Frances was in her garage and then climbed into her pink car”

Sorry it’s a short blog tonight, but I have been busy painting my daughter’s bedroom.  It had to be finished tonight because the carpet is being fitted tomorrow.  I had to blog about something though; I don’t want to miss a day!  Hope you’ve had a good day.

Until tomorrow…


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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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