Some usage of "go into" allows this sentence:

The company went into bankruptcy.

Could "go into", then, be used like this:

The two teams went into stalemate.

where the context is sports?

Also, is "go into stalemate" usual?


Google N-grams does not record 'go into stalemate', 'go into a stalemate', 'went into stalemate' or 'went into a stalemate'.

'[reach] a stalemate' is more common than '[reach] stalemate'. You can use '[become] stalemated' as well as 'become a stalemate'.

Note that in chess, a stalemate means that the player whose turn it is cannot move at all. In eg football, political negotiations and war, things keep happening, although maybe slowly, and a stalemate can be broken by something extraordinary event.


You could say:

The game/match had become a stalemate

The game/match reached a stalemate

The two teams reached a stalemate

  • So, this would be poorly written? "Eustis (0-2) answered in the first half with an Andrew Holland-to-Thomas Stutts 25-yard touchdown pass, but the ****teams went into a stalemate*** after the early scoring." – meatie Jul 27 '14 at 2:24
  • I'm really not certain. It seems correct, but also seems wrong in some way, I'm not sure... – ZenLogic Jul 27 '14 at 3:28

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