English Phrasal Verbs – into part 1

English Phrasal Verbs – into part 1


If you ‘bump into’ someone, you meet them by chance.

  • I bumped into Martin in the mall.
  • You’ll never guess who I bumped into today.

If you ‘burst into a room’ or ‘burst into tears’, you do it suddenly and without warning.

  • Don’t burst into my room like that. Please knock first.
  • When I told him the bad news, he burst into tears.

If  something ‘comes into’ force, it begins to happen.

  • The new tax rules come into effect from next Monday.
  • When the changes come into effect, productivity is certain to rise.

If you say that a particular emotion or quality ‘doesn’t come into it’, it means that it doesn’t influence the situation.

  • I promoted Kate because she was the best person for the job and the fact that she is my daughter didn’t come into.
  • She’s rich because she’s good at what she does. Luck doesn’t come into it.

Often when we use ‘go into’  it has the idea of ‘entering’.

  • I was thinking about going into politics.
  • The new model has just gone into production.

Sometimes ‘go into’ can mean to do things in great detail.

  • The deal sounds good but we’ll have to go into the details of the contract.
  • It’s very complicated and we don’t have time to go into that now.

Time, money or energy that has ‘gone into’ a project, is what has been used or spent on the project.

  • Over $100,000 has gone into the development of this new system.
  • I appreciate that a lot of effort has gone into the writing of this report.

If you ‘grow into’ an activity, you become better at doing it over time.

  • She was very unsure at first but has really grown into her new job.
  • Give it some time and you will grow into the role.

If you ‘talk someone into’ doing something, you persuade them to do it.

  • I didn’t want to come but Annie talked me into it.
  • I think I can talk him into it.

If you ‘tune into’ a particular radio or television station, you select it.

  • More and more people are tuning into ‘The Apprentice’.
  • People listen to their Ipods and don’t tune into the radio as much as before.

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