Which is correct? `Enter a room’ or `Enter into a room’?

When you walk into a room, you `enter’ it. You do not `enter into’ it. You normally `enter’ a room, building or country.

Examples: As usual, Chandru entered the room with a smile on his face. *The student wasn’t allowed to enter the country without a valid visa.

`Enter into’ is normally used in relation to `conversation’, `agreement’, `discussion’, etc. This is just one of the ways of using the expression.

Examples: After three days of fighting, the two companies entered into an agreement. *I hope to enter into a discussion with the leaders of the strike.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – January 22, 2007

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One thought on “Which is correct? `Enter a room’ or `Enter into a room’?

  1. Hi,

    I have a doubt which has been persistent for a long while.

    How a question to be put to get an answer as below:
    “I am the 3rd child to my parents”

    Appreciate if you could help me on this.
    Thanks.

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