into that of a pioneering

DUET

Senior Member
Bengali
Source:
Official Guide to the GRE

The condition of scholarship devoted to the history of women in photography is confounding. Recent years have witnessed the posthumous inflation of the role of the hobbyist Alice Austen into that of a pioneering documentarian while dozens of notable senior figures — Marion Palfi, whose photographs of civil-rights activities in the South served as early evidence of the need for protective legislation, to name one — received scant attention from scholars.


"into" in the above sentence makes me confused. Can I replace it by "in"?​
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    No you cannot. "In" is used to indicate a place at which something exists. "The sugar is in the kitchen."

    "Into" is used to indicate motion or a change of state:

    "Put the cat into the box" -> motion. You are moving the cat.

    "He had always been very fit but his illness had changed him into an invalid." -> change of state.


    "Recent years have witnessed the posthumous inflation of the role of the hobbyist Alice Austen into that of a pioneering documentarian
    "

    Alice Austin has changed from a hobbyist into a pioneering documentarian.
     

    Ollyver

    Member
    UK English
    Nope.

    You can't say:
    "the inflation of the role of Jack in that of a hero"
    You would say:
    "the inflation of the role of Jack into that of a hero"

    Similarly, you would say "the change of X into Y" not "the change of X in Y".

    However, if you want to replace "into" with "to"... that's a bit more debatable:
    "the inflation of the role of Jack to that of a hero"
    "the change of X to ​Y"
     
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