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Hi teachers,

Can I conclude that the use of the preposition 'in' or 'into' after the verb 'came' depends if there is information where something happens or not?
For example:
His wife came into the pub a few secomds ago.
His wife came in a few seconds ago.

Thanks in advance
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His wife came into the pub a few seconds ago.
His wife came in a few seconds ago.

We have two points to consider:

First, 'in' is an adverb when it does not head a noun phrase (which is the 'where it happens' that you mentioned, I suppose). If the noun phrase follows, 'in' is a preposition. So 'in' can be either an adverb or a preposition, while 'into' is only a preposition.

Second, although 'in' is a preposition of location and 'into' is a preposition of movement, many native speakers use the first for the 2nd, and would say 'His wife came in the pub a few seconds ago.' This is not strictly grammatically correct, but it must be considered accepted in informal English.

Does that help?
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Mister Micawber(which is the 'where it happens' that you mentioned, I suppose)
Yes, your supposition is absolutely correct! (I'm sure you knew it)

And yes! Your explanation has helped me very much!!!Emotion: bow