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What is the correct phrasing:

transition into

vs

transition to

Can you explain why? Thanks! Here's the context: In partnering with us, businesses can transition to/into a digital publication etc.. Thanks for your help!

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More context is need, but, at first look, I would say "into" fits better after "transition". Please, provide some example sentences. –  user19148 Nov 8 '12 at 20:25
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As Carlo_R says, we could use a bit more context. But it might not make much difference, since I can't easily think of contexts where one or the other is automatically "better". FWIW, "to" is about 15 times more common than "into" in Google Books, so I'm tempted to advise just sticking with the majority usage if you're not sure. –  FumbleFingers Nov 8 '12 at 22:09
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I feel "transition into" implies more significance to the occurrence. "Transition to" might be be a lesser or perhaps more common change.

Like the difference between the act of adapting to a given circumstance and the act of changing one's nature.

  • She managed the transition to public school quite well.

  • The caterpillar will make the transition into a butterfly.

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Since I'm old hat, I suggest that 'transition' is not yet a verb and so, neither example is grammatically correct.

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"Transitioning to" implies that the subject is going from one place to another (perhaps instantly) while "Transitioning into" implies that the subject is going through a process to become, or to do, something else.

I believe "into" is what you would use to describe how a business can become something better with the process of combining with your institution.

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