In versus Into
Did you know there's a difference between when to use in versus into? I didn't until I got a recent copy edit back on a story coming out later this year. The copy editor didn't explain why one word was right and the other wrong, but thankfully, we have a little thing called the internet these days, so I was able to consult the quite helpful Cambridge Dictionary. It explained that you use in when addressing where someone or something is right now. You use into when addressing where someone or something is going. Right now, for instance, I am in my kitchen. Later I will walk into my bedroom. I can toss a scrap of paper into the recycle bin. When it lands, it will be in the bin.
What is up with the word up?
There are so many words and word phrases that include the word up, and I see people use the wrong spelling often. For instance, should you use ...
- setup or set up
- hookup or hook up
- makeup or make up
- pickup or pick up
- breakup or break up
- giveup or give ... wait, there's no such word as giveup. Never mind.
- I set up the camera so it was aimed at the table setup, enabling me to catch the silverware thief.
- The evil man laughed and said, "I set up your sister for the fall, and it worked." The honorable man replied, "I knew it was a setup, and now the police do too." Then he revealed the wire under his shirt.
- I hooked up the customer's disabled car to my tow truck, hoping we'd have a hookup later.
- On the way out of the bar with Jim, my newest hookup, I ran smack into Bob, the tow-truck driver I hooked up with yesterday.
- My friend Ann hasn't spoken to me since I dropped her makeup bag and her favorite eye shadow cracked. She won't make up with me, no matter how much I beg.
- The makeup of my days has changed since I stopped begging Ann to make up with me. Now instead of wasting all my time on unanswered texts, I'm hooking up with her boyfriend. (See, hook up can be helpful in all kinds of scenarios.)
- My brother stole a red pickup. Now he gets to pick up trash by the side of the road as part of his sentence.
- I wanted to break up with Troy, but my last five breakups happened in this bar too, so I decided to wait until tomorrow and do it over the phone. I'm nice that way.