'settle in' and 'settle down'

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Mack&Mack, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. Mack&Mack Senior Member

    Korea & Korean
    Dear helpers,

    Are these two phrasal verbs interchangeable?

    If possible, do you want to settle in the U.S.A?

    If possible, do you want to settle down in the U.S.A?

    I kept using 'settle in' so far, but today I realized that 'settle in' has the meaing of "getting used to". Would you let me know the difference?

    Thank you all in advance. =)
  2. Trisia

    Trisia Senior Member

    I think you're better off using "settle in the US."

    To settle down (Click) means to take roots, to find a place and stay there, but not in the sense of moving to a place to stay - that's settling in, actually.

    I used to travel a lot, but then I got married and settled down.
    We were looking for a new place and we finally settled in Seattle.

    Of course it's better to wait for more answers - I might be wrong.
  3. heshayershah

    heshayershah Senior Member

    Do we settle on an island, or in an island?
  4. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Senior Member

    Cumbria, UK
    British English
    You settle on an island but in a country, so sometimes you have a choice. I would use 'in' for any island that is a country (Iceland, for example) or is something like (or used to be) a country (Zanzibar), but 'on' for smaller islands with no claim to an independent existence (Skye, for example)

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