singular&plural; preposition "into"


May I ask you to help me again, please.
I have two questions now.

The first one: "Ten per cent of engineering students were male." Why "male" is in singular form? I suppose - many students - many males...?

The other one: "50 per cent of science graduates went into the teaching profession". Why the preposition is "into", could it be "in" or "to"?
Thank you for your help!


into singular plural asked Dec 02 '12 at 18:34 Lola New member

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In your first example, 'male' is used as an adjective rather than a noun. If it were 'males', then it would be used as a noun.


'Into' is the most common preposition when used with a form of 'to go'. You go into a particular profession. You would use 'in' for a different reference. He was in the car business.

There are some exceptions. He went in the room, or He went into the room. Both are used.

link answered Dec 02 '12 at 18:49 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

It is very clear explanation. Thank you, Lewis!

LolaDec 02 '12 at 19:00

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