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Which verbs can be used in the blank in the following sentence?

The world ............. a new era.

Especially are the following sentences are correct? Would there a difference between them if all are acceptable choice?

1.The world came into a new era.

2.The world moved to a new era

3.The world entered (into) a new era.

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  • 1. and 2. are past tense; that means 3. should be entered, not enter.
    – Glorfindel
    Jan 16, 2017 at 15:51
  • @Glorfindel Why do you think any results do not show up when I search "world came into a new era" on Google.
    – Mrt
    Jan 16, 2017 at 15:56
  • I have no idea. I am not Google :)
    – Glorfindel
    Jan 16, 2017 at 15:57

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All three can be correct, depending on what you want to say. Remember how English speakers use "go" and "come" to reflect not only direction of movement but also the speaker's viewpoint -- I can say "Please come to my house this evening," even if I am not at home, to reflect the view of us, together at my house. It sounds warmer and more like an invitation than, "Please go to my house this evening," which sounds like a request or even an order.

In the same way "the world came into a new era (with ...)" suggests a sense that I, the speaker, and you, the reader, are part of "the world". Meanwhile "the world moved into a new era" takes us both outside the world, as if the movement is happening to someone else.

"The world entered a new era ..." is (at least to my ears) similar to "came into" -- it brings both of us into the action. In addition it emphasizes the nuance of a "new beginning", and has some elements of optimism and approval.

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  • Thank you for your answer. Why do you think any results do not show up when I search "world came into a new era" on Google. Does it sound too informal for the context so that people do not use it?
    – Mrt
    Jan 16, 2017 at 15:44
  • I suppose the phrasing is awkward. It's not something I would use, although it would be understood. Instead I would say "entered" or that someone brought the world into a new era or possibly an entirely different metaphor.
    – Andrew
    Jan 16, 2017 at 17:05

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