Drill into?

Minh Tam

Senior Member
Vietnamese
Hi everyone!

I'm confused about the sentence below, could you guys make it more clear?

"Holes shall be drilled through the blast furnace shell in the refractory".

If I replace drill in with drill into, dose it make sense? --> Holes shall be drilled through the blast furnace shell into the refractory.

(Shell and the refractory are 2 different layers, like this: Shell/The refractory). The document was written by Dutch/Indian.

Thank you for consideration!
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    Yes, if refractory is an inner lining of the furnace, it makes sense to drill into it. In English it doesn't make sense to drill in it.
    German uses the same word for in and into, and Dutch may be similar in this respect. That would explain the author's error.
     
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