What is the difference between the use of prepositions in the following sentences:

  • Recently Helen Keller moved to a new apartment.
  • Peter Pan moved over to a new home.


  • Linda Hamilton moved in to live with her parents.
  • James Cameron moved into another house.
  • There's no "in" or "at" in your examples.
    – Peter
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 9:03
  • @Peter Sorry. I found the explanation for "at" with move, and added the "in".. but since I know only the idiom 'to move in" can it be used in such a way? Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 9:44
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    What do you think these phrases mean? I can move from a chair to the sofa, or I can move from an apartment into a house. Just asking us to differentiate between short phrases without any context or intended meaning is a rather fruitless exercise. And please remember that when you ask future questions, too. You’ve asked six dozen by now; I’d expect some improvement over time.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 10:04
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    Sovereign - I understand this: many words in English are quite flexible and can be used in many different ways. And more than once I’ve spent time composing an answer only to be told by the O.P., “No, I didn’t mean that, I meant something else instead" – something that could have been made clear with just an extra example. Peter may have gotten it right, but that’s partly luck. Your original example: To move to a new place has many valid interpretations. I can move a knickknack to a new place on the shelf; my company can move to a new place on the other side of town.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 10:38
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    As a footnote, take a look at some of your questions that received many upvotes, and compare them to your questions that weren’t upvoted. I don’t think I’m the only one in this community who values and appreciates a little extra effort put into a question.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 10:57

1 Answer 1


To move to a new place.

is simply to change location from one place to another.

To move over to a new place.

"over" is usually used when a contrast is emphasized

We moved over from the west side to the east side of town.
We just moved over from the UK.

To move in a new place.
She moved in her new studio.
she danced in her new studio

means to make movement within an area.

To move in to a new place.
We moved in to a new home.

To move into a new place.
Let's move into the house, it's about to rain.

is to change location and move inside an enclosed space.
"Move in" also has the meaning "to get closer".

We moved in to have a better look.

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