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re: Quick point: just on the grammar...
Posted by: Quicheo 07:52 pm EDT 04/02/21
In reply to: re: Quick point: just on the grammar... - Michael_Portantiere 11:07 am EDT 04/02/21

Come + in vs. come + into

"Won't you come in?" is a perfectly usual and correct sentence. You would never say "Won't you come into?"

"She comes in, I go out" is also correct. You'd never say, "She comes into, I go out."

Also we'd say, "Let the dog in", "Don't let a draft in", "Don't come in the kitchen until I finish the cake." So, letting a woman in anywhere, even a non-literal location such as "a life" is just fine.

That said, if one wants to be very specific, "When Mabel Comes in the Room" has a double meaning that "When Mabel Comes into the Room" does not, wicked though one of the former's meanings may be.

And to further belabor my point stated elsewhere--it is always okay to split an infinitive. It is a matter of preference and style, not grammar. Injunctions against it, as mentioned before, come from a overzealous appreciation for Latin where infinitives are single words. The non-rule against ending sentences with prepositions comes from this era and enthusiasm as well. And lucky us that it essentially stopped there as English is hard enough to master without also having to follow all the Latin rules.
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