consider the two sentence below:

"Elizabeth Taylor entered the room" and "she entered into the room".

here is another pair:

"the rebels control the city" and "they control over the city".

my question is whether the second sentence in each pair is appropriate, and therefore correct. should we not use a preposition after verbs such as "enter" and "control"?

I can say that "her entry into the room" and "their control over the city" is correct. but what about those I mentioned above. I admit it looks odd but what is the real deal?


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    As verbs, "enter" and "control" are not normally followed by prepositions. There's the phrasal verb "enter into" meaning "become involved in (an activity or situation)", but that's not relevant to the more standard usages. I think this question should be migrated to English Language Learners – FumbleFingers Apr 28 '14 at 14:50
  • Whether or not a verb takes a preposition is called transitivity. Whether a particular verb in a given meaning is transitive or intransitive is quite typically mentioned in its dictionary entry. – RegDwigнt Apr 28 '14 at 14:59
  • @RegDwigнt: I doubt a dictionary would mention the fact that you could enter up the scores (or enter them in). They may be uncommon usages, but I'm not sure you can call them "phrasal verbs". Nor do I see how they directly relate to transitivity, but that's probably because I don't really understand the terminology. – FumbleFingers Apr 28 '14 at 15:12

The correct form of your first example is enter the room as in the first sentence. Using enter into the room isn't confusing, but it's not the normal form, and the phrase enter info isn't needed for something that is natural to walk into.

The phrase enter into is used for something that is abstract, or otherwise needs the clarification. For example the sentence "We will enter into the question of inherited characteristics at a future time." as a question is not something that you walk into.

(Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/enter)

In your second example it's also the first sentence that is correct. The words control over would be used if control is not the verb in the sentence, for example They have control over the city.


He enters the room - means he enters without applying force. He enters into the room - means he enters by force.

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    Hello, tapan kr datta, and thanks for your interest in English Language & Usage. I don't know why someone downvoted your answer, but I imagine that the downvote is related to the fact that your response asserts the existence of a particular distinction in English without offering any reference-work support for the claimed distinction. Please consider adding such corroborating evidence to your answer. – Sven Yargs Aug 28 '18 at 4:16
  • I'm not sure that your explanation is correct. Do you have a source or examples to support this distinction? – Chappo Aug 28 '18 at 6:42

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