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Currently available GM fruits stem mostly from plants, but in the future foods derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are likely to be introduced across / in the market.

Note: GM means Genetically modified.

I'm pretty sure that in makes sense here. But I's unsure when my friend used across the market. Is across is apt here?

  • @JR: PS is not formal here? – Sudhir Mar 30 '13 at 11:44
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    It's not a formality issue, I just thought "Note" fits better than "PS", especially when it's in the middle, as opposed to the very end, of the question. – J.R. Mar 30 '13 at 11:53
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I think either preposition could be used, although they have slight differences in meaning:

  • ...in the market would mean that GM foods will be made available.

  • ...across the market would carry the additional inference that the introduction would be widespread (using in wouldn't preclude that, but the word in wouldn't necessarily infer a widespread introduction, either).

  • ...to the market would also be an acceptable preposition.

This is one of those cases where there isn't a single correct preposition. Because prepositions are such versatile words, examples of that aren't all too uncommon.

  • What about at the market? – Sudhir Mar 30 '13 at 11:50
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    @Sudhir That would imply they're being introduced at a single market (ie. one store). "The market" here is an abstract idea, not a physical place. You can't be at the abstract concept of "the market", you can only be at a physical place. So that changes the meaning to something you don't intend. – WendiKidd Mar 30 '13 at 16:55
  • As @Wendi explained, "at" is not a good word to use. However, one might use "on". – J.R. Mar 30 '13 at 22:11

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