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Dear all,

Kindly tell me whether the following sentences are correct. If yes, I would like to know the difference in their meaning.

1) The crowd booed and whistled as the player came into the field.

2) The crowd booed and whistled as the player came onto the field.

3) The crowd booed and whistled as the player came to the field.


Thank you.

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(2) is a normal thing to say when a player joins the play.

(3) is a less usual or less clear way of saying the same thing, or it could mean that the player moved from a position away from the field to a position at the side of the field, without actually joining play.

(1) is not a normal thing to say.

(cross-posted)

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In terms of a sports field, you can't come 'into' it, but you can come 'onto' it. I'm trying to think of a scenario where you could come 'to' the field, but I can't think of one.

If it were a normal farmer's field, you could come 'into' it if there was a gate and you were therefore stepping into the area contained by the fences, hedgerows, gates etc. You could refer to coming 'to the field' if you were approaching it, coming towards it. However, in the scenario you created, these do not work.

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