1

I want to say "Can I add sugar in/to milk?" Should I use "in" or "to"?

3

You should use "add to" when the sentence specifies what is receiving the sugar and "add in" (or just "add") when it doesn't. Compare

I have a glass of milk. Can I add sugar to it?

vs

I have a glass of milk. Can I add in sugar?

0

"Can I add sugar to milk?" would be correct.

0

If you are holding a mug of milk and adding sugar to it for taste then you will use the preposition to

In this case you might also change the sentence slightly to read:

Can I add sugar to **my milk?**

Using the position to in this context makes sense because to is functioning to show a transfer from person to place. (from you to the mug of milk). The use of in or into would only suggest position and lack the idea of transfer or movement.

I hope that helps.

Some help from: The Ins and Outs of Prepositions By Jean Yates Ph.D.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.