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The sentence I've met is "She bit into the sushi." Can anybody tell me, what does "bite into something" mean? What is the difference between "bite something " and "bite into something."?

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  • There is no real difference. It sounds like she is savouring it, rather than just attacking it with her mouth. – theonlygusti Dec 10 '16 at 14:40
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    Please never write "smth" on this site. – curiousdannii Dec 10 '16 at 14:56
  • It means you "put" your teeth into food. It refers to the instant that occurs before you actually finish taking a bite. To take a bite, to bite into some food. If I bite your hand, I do have to bite into it first. – Lambie Dec 10 '16 at 15:13
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    @tchrist - That needs to go into a post. Please find a way to put it into a post somewhere, somehow. – aparente001 Dec 11 '16 at 3:18
  • "Bite something" example: I bit my cheek by accident, and I can't eat anything sour today. "Bite into something" example: As he bit into the apple, the juices ran down his chin (thefreedictionary.com). (It means to take a bite of the apple.) – aparente001 Dec 11 '16 at 3:23
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To bite means to use your teeth to cut into something:

You usually use "into" to convey the idea of a deep bite as in

  • you bite into an apple..

while you

  • bite your fingernails.

Note also the idiomatic meaning of: bite into something:

— phrasal verb ​

  • to reduce something valuable:
    • People are worried about inflation biting into their savings and investments.

Cambridge Dictionary

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