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Which is correct: “get in the car” or “get into the car”?
The answer is that they are both correct! It is grammatically correct to say “get in the car” or “get into your the car.”
“Get in” or “get into” the car means entering a car and sitting down.
Get In Your Car
If we are offering someone a ride, we may say, “get in!” or “get in the car!”
It is perfectly acceptable to say that “you got in your car and drove off.”
Get Into Your Car
“Get into your car” is another acceptable way to say you went inside the vehicle.
“I got into the car and started the engine.”
Get Into The Car VS Get In The Car
Both “get into the car” and “get in the car” mean the same. “Into” suggests movement. “Get in” also suggests movement.
There is no difference between these expressions. As a native English speaker, there is no context in which I would use one over the other. Both “get into the car” and “get in the car” are acceptable.
As “get in the car” is shorter and more convenient to say than “get into the car,” native English speakers may prefer to say it like this.
As we can see, according to Google Ngrams, “get in the car” is the more popular way to say it:
“Get in The Car” and “Get Into The Car” Examples
Examples of sentences with “get in the car” and “get into the car.”
- “Get in the car; we’re going for a drive!”
- “I’m getting into the car with my shopping.”
- “Please get in the car so we can go home.”
- “She got in the car and drove away.”
- “He got into the car and drove to work.”
- “Could you please get in the car?”
- “They got into the car and left.”
- “I need to get in the car to get my phone.”
- “We’re getting in the car now and driving to Ocean Park.”
- “Do you want to get in the car?”
- “Get in the car!”
- “Get into the car!”
- “He got into the car and started the engine.”
We can use “get in” or “get into” in these expressions:
We use “get in” or “get into” to express ourselves when we enter small vehicles:
- Get in the car / get into the car
- Get in a taxi / get into a taxi
- Get in the bus / get into the bus (more common to say ‘on’)
- Get in the boat / get into the boat
- Get in the van / get into the van
- Get in the truck / get into the truck
- Get in the canoe / get into the canoe
For these modes of transport, it is much more common to say “on” instead of “in”
- Get on the bus
- Get on a tram
- Get on the boat
- Get on the plane / board the plane
- Get on the train / board the train
- Get on the aircraft / board the aircraft
- Get on the ship / board the ship
It doesn’t even need to be used for modes of transport! Here are other phrases in which we use “get in” or “get into.”
- Get in trouble / get into trouble
- Get in a fight / get into a fight
- Get in bed / get into bed
- Get in shape / get into shape
- Get in character / get into character
- Get in the spirit of things / get into the spirit of things
So, there you have it! “Get in the car” and “get into the car” both mean the same thing. There is no difference in meaning between the two phrases. They are both correct!
If you want to sound more like a native speaker, you can say, “get in the car.” It is shorter and more convenient to say than “get into the car.”
I hope this article helped you understand the difference between “get in the car” and “get into the car.” Share it with your family and friends if you found it helpful. Also let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!
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