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I cannot decide what is a proper preposition in a sentence below:

Then place the discharged battery to the charger.

So is the preposition "to" right? I am not sure whether "in" or even "into" is the proper variant (because we put the battery not only to the charger, but actually in it for charging process to happen).

UPD: Can the word collocation "place into" be replaced with the word collocation "put in"?

  • You could use "connect" instead of the word "place". Then connect the discharged battery to the charger – lea Oct 4 '18 at 10:33
  • It is different. That charger has actual slots for the batteries to be put in for charging. – Gamilato Oct 4 '18 at 10:46
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In technical language, batteries are placed in a charger. There are millions of hits on google for this. That is the technically correct way to say it.

If talking informally, you can say: "Just put the batteries in the charger, John."

Answer to your question: put x in the charger,informal. place x in the charger [technical, formal]

place the battery in the charger: google hits for technical language

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When it comes to the context of direction/place:

in is used to express where something is in relation to a larger area: I am in the kitchen.

to is used to express the movement towards a destination: I am going to school.

into is used to express that something/somebody is going inside somewhere. She is going into the kitchen.

In your case, the proper preposition to use would be into.

Then place the discharged battery into the charger.

  • Thank you so much! Could you also assist me, is it okay to replace word collocation place ... into with the word collocation put ... in? – Gamilato Oct 4 '18 at 11:03

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