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Regards to the phrase "enter into" being used in the two sentences, does it express the meanings accurately?

Many contemporary undergraduates who just enter into society are still lack of necessary skills and experience.

When students enter into secondary schools, they will have more opportunities to get involved into natural science studies.

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  • "contemporary undergraduates" probably doesn't mean what you think it does. It's a slightly stilted way of saying "modern undergraduates", as opposed to, say, undergraduates in the 1950s. From the context of the sentence, it sounds like perhaps you mean people who have completed an undergraduate degree course recently, in which case what you want is "recent graduates".
    – Matt
    Feb 19, 2013 at 23:05
  • I actually want to say comparing with those undergraduates in old ages, maybe in 1950s, the recent graduates still have the same issue as before. So the education system issue is STILL not resolved completely. Is it still accurate to use the word "recent"?
    – canoe
    Feb 20, 2013 at 1:13
  • In which case, to make it really clear (which it might already be from context, I haven't seen the rest of the document that your quote comes from), I'd go with making it absolutely clear with a sentence like "Undergraduates in the modern Educational system". That will avoid any ambiguity.
    – Matt
    Feb 20, 2013 at 1:25

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In both cases, the word "into" is unnecessary (not wrong, but unnecessary). In other words, you could say either:

Many contemporary undergraduates who enter into society...

or:

Many contemporary undergraduates who enter society

because, in both of these cases, the verb enter already implies entering into something.

A few other notes about your sentences:

  • I would change "contemporary" to either "new" or "recent" (contemporary seems to read awkwardly there)
  • "who just enter into society" might be better said as "entering into society"
  • "are still lack of" should be "are still lacking"
  • "secondary schools" can be written as "secondary school" (even though it's more than one school building, it's considered a single level of education)
  • we generally get involved "with", not "into"

So, folding all those changes into your sentences would yield:

Many recent undergraduates entering into society still lack necessary skills and experience.

When students enter secondary school, they will have more opportunities to get involved with natural science studies.

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    It's worth noting that when enter is used figuratively it isn't always interchangable with enter into. For example you can enter into a contract, but you can't really enter a contract (or can you? It sounds wrong to me). Although I can't think of an obvious rule, because you enter into negotiations and also enter negotiations. You also can't go the other way. For example you can enter a bid, but you can't enter into a bid.
    – Matt
    Feb 19, 2013 at 3:34
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    @Matt: True statement; nice catch. I've made a change to my answer so that it doesn't create the false impression that one can always drop the into from the phrasal verb enter into. (Those are great examples, by the way; I'm glad you entered them into the discussion.)
    – J.R.
    Feb 19, 2013 at 8:47

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