We can say "invade someone's privacy", but can the verb "intrude" be used in the same way without a preposition? As in,

Don't intrude my privacy.

Or should it be:

Don't intrude into my privacy.

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    You could, but I don't see why you would. Using "invade" is more common and "Don't intrude into my privacy." sounds clunky to me.
    – Polynomial
    Jan 29, 2012 at 18:25
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    ... how about "intrude on"? This seems far more standard than "intrude into", if you ask me. "Intrude into" is not a phrase I think I would ever use in any context.
    – user428517
    Jan 31, 2018 at 23:04

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"Intrude" is an intransitive verb so needs the preposition following. I've never seen "intrude" used with any preposition other than "on" but that is a stylistic matter, I think.

"Invade" is transitive and should not take the preposition.


There may be instances where transitive use is possible, but normally a preposition is obligatory after intrude.


No, do not use intrude. It does not work. Why? I am not an English professor, but I think intrude intimates a physical trampling of someone's space or conversation, done either on accident, or deliberately. Invading means on purpose, with forethought. You don't invade by accident, but you can intrude by accident. I hope I helped.