Friday, January 11, 2013

Abracadabra, You are Now A Driveway!

It happens all the time.  I don't think it is supposed to, but it does.  Someone keeps turning into a driveway.

I'd hate to be a driveway...people drive over you, doggies occasionally do their business on you, and when it snows, you have to be shoveled. 

Yes folks, it is time to talk about the difference between "into" and "in to."

One of the many definitions of into (and who thought there could be so many definitions?)  is an expression of a change of state ("turn water into wine").  So when you have a character "turn into a driveway" you have truly and magically changed their state of being.  What you really want your character to do (I hope!) is turn in to the driveway, or turn down the road, or enter the parking lot. 

So, please be careful with your characters - quit turning them into driveways, highways, bars, houses...

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