Does 'enter' take the preposition 'into' or not? For example: She entered into the main gates and walked along the avenue.

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The verb enter can be followed by the preposition into. But to enter and to enter into are commonly used in different contexts with differing meanings.

In general terms, to enter without the preposition into is used for entering physical spaces, locations or buildings. Examples:

  • She entered the park through a hole in the fence.
  • The vandal entered the school during the night.
  • They entered the city on horseback.

To enter into, on the other hand, is used for starting or joining something:

  • He entered into a discussion with the girl behind the bar.
  • She entered into the contract without considering the consequences.
  • The two countries entered into a close economic partnership.

But the usages are very often not clear-cut. So you will find references to entering into a city and entering a war.

In your particular example, however, into is not correct. You do not go into gates, you go through them into somewhere. So, your sentence needs to read something like:

She entered the town through the main gates and walked along the avenue.

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