One word or two? That's the question.
At least, that's the question a listener named Nancy posed to us this week. She wanted to know when "into" should be written as one word, and when it should be two.
Nancy isn't the only one around here who's experienced grief over this everyday grammar quandary.
Suffice to say, we were happy to dig into this one.
"Into" has a few meanings, but it basically indicates movement or direction. It can mean "toward the inside of" as in "she walked into the classroom." It can also mean "in the direction of" such as "I turned into the wind."
When you're trying to figure out whether "into" should be two words, the first question you should ask yourself is whether a phrasal verb is present. In other words, is the "in" part of the verb as opposed to being a preposition?
Think about "turn in," as in what you would do with an essay: "I turned my essay in to the teacher yesterday."