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When should “into” be used rather than “in to,” and vice versa?

Google Support:

  1. Visit Google.com.
  2. Search for NS lookup.
  3. Select a search result from the list.
  4. Type your web publishing address in to the field.
  5. Select CNAME record if it's not the default search query.
  6. Click Submit, or Lookup.

Shouldn't it have been into instead of in to? Or am I misunderstanding something with regard to the language used here?


Into is "used as a function word to indicate entry, introduction, insertion, superposition, or inclusion." I believe it would be better to use into rather than in to here, especially since typing in is somewhat redundant.

Also, instead of typing the address, it would be better to "Enter your web publishing address into the field."

  • you are saying you are smarter than Google! – Pacerier Sep 22 '11 at 7:13
  • No, Google is part of my brain and I make mistakes. :) – xpda Sep 22 '11 at 14:00
  • i'm not understanding you – Pacerier Sep 22 '11 at 15:46
  • Just a bad joke -- some say Google is an extension of our memories. – xpda Sep 22 '11 at 15:48

Here’s Pam Peters (‘The Cambridge Guide to English Usage’) on the matter:

The spaced form ensures that the particle 'in' is interpreted in relation to the previous verb, and adds a detail of movement that would otherwise be submerged. But in practice the solid form “into” might be justified, and not too much is lost.

Like the previous poster, I would myself use the solid form in the example given, on the grounds that the 'in' is not to be interpreted in relation to the previous verb.

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