butt in

Discussion in 'English Only' started by realmad35, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. realmad35 Senior Member

    Hello everyone,

    Could you tell me which of the following sentences is/are incorrect?

    1. He kept butting in on our conversation;
    2. He kept butting in our coonverstation;
    3. He kept butting into our conversation.

  2. Binkadin

    Binkadin Member

    United Kingdom.
    [Didn't realise you meant how it sounded, read edit instead.] Gramatically, number three is correct in my opinion. Number two has a spelling mistake (Unless this is not intentional, if it isn't, three still sounds correct). One and two both have a semi-colon ( ; ). I think that would be incorrect grammar without a second sentence following the semi-colon. Considering it is a single statement, the third one must be correct.

    EDIT: In terms of "into", "in on" and "in our", I believe "into our" would be more appropriate.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015
  3. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    I like 1 (with correction of ; as noted) and 3a He kept butting in to our conversation. (The space/pause makes a difference.) The phrasal verb is "butting in" - (butting in) (to our conversation) not (butting) (into our conversation). He wasn't butting - he was butting in.
  4. realmad35 Senior Member

    Thanks Binkadin and Myridon. Semi-colons are for listing purposes;) I meant whether the sentences sounded fine.
  5. Binkadin

    Binkadin Member

    United Kingdom.
    Okay. Sorry about that, I have edited the post slightly.

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