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On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into crying.

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into tears.

I presume only the words in bold fit in the above two samples respectively, but could you come up with a reason why "into" doesn't work in the first while "out" doesn't in the second? Thanks.
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Hi,

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into crying.

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into tears.

I presume only the words in bold fit in the above two samples respectively, but could you come up with a reason why "into" doesn't work in the first while "out" doesn't in the second? The simplest answer is that they are not idiomatic.

Clive
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CliveHi,

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into crying.

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into tears.

I presume only the words in bold fit in the above two samples respectively, but could you come up with a reason why "into" doesn't work in the first while "out" doesn't in the second? The simplest answer is that they are not idiomatic.

Clive

Thanks, Clive.

Yes, I agree the easiest way to explain it is to say "that's the way how native speakers say it," but for non-nativers like me we need a reason so that we might grasp it more easily.
Hi again,

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into crying.

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into tears.

I presume only the words in bold fit in the above two samples respectively, but could you come up with a reason why "into" doesn't work in the first while "out" doesn't in the second?

Yes, I can understand why a reason would be helpful, although I'm not convinced there is one. Here are a couple of comments.

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into crying. 'Out' makes me feel that the crying erupted (ie burst) out of his inner feelings.

On hearing the bad news, he busrt out/into tears. This is harder. We say 'He was in tears'. Perhaps we feel that tears express a quieter, more internal mood. Afeter all, we say that we are in a good mood, a bad mood, etc.

Clive
Thanks, Clive, for the helpful comments.
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