I have a question. Actually when we're talking to a kid asking him/her to go inside, can simply "go in" be used? Does it sound natural?

Go in.

It is not angry command like "get inside" , just a plain neutral command.

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These are two overlapping requests/instructions, the choice of which will depend very much on the circumstances.

The tone of voice of the speaker will indicate whether a suggestion/request/instruction/command is intended.

As to context, consider two friends considering a movie outside a theatre. One might ask the other:

Shall we go in?

meaning shall we go to the movie?

But outside a restaurant with interior and exterior seating, the question might be:

Shall we go inside?

Here the real question is whether to sit inside the restaurant or outside.

Much of the time, either preposition works.

Inside relates more closely to a room or building.

In is more often used for an event - a play, a movie, an opera, a concert. Equally you would use in for a garden, a sports field, an outdoor market and any outdoor event.

But these are general guidelines only.

As to your kid, you could as easily speaking about going in (where the destination is evident), going inside or going into the house. All are natural and idiomatic.

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