Which of the following sentences is correct?

He walked into the apartment.

He walked in the apartment?

Both the sentences are grammatically acceptable, but their meaning is very different. When someone walks into an apartment he enters it. In other words, the individual has stepped into the apartment. He was outside all the while and now he has stepped inside.

Similarly, when you say that someone has moved into his new apartment, what you are implying is that he has shifted to his new apartment. He has made the new place his home. When you say that someone walked in the apartment what you are saying is that the individual walked around inside the apartment.

Unlike the earlier example, the individual is not entering the apartment. He is already inside and he is moving about. The action takes place within the apartment

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

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