Hey Snarky. I was out sick for a few days and so my teacher and I e-mailed back and forth about some assignments.
Me: I'm pretty sure I already turned that paper into you.
Her: So now there are two of me? Ha ha!
What the heck is she talking about?Your teacher, a grammar geek after my own heart, has made a joke about phrasal verbs.
Where did your e-mail go wrong? You used the wrong preposition with an idiom. An idiom is a phrase whose definition can't be derived from the meanings of the words it contains.
What you wrote: I'm pretty sure I already turned that paper into you.
What you should have written: I'm pretty sure I already turned that paper in to you.
- When a preposition is an integral part of a phrasal verb, also known as a two-word verb, then don't consider it a preposition; consider it part of the verb. Keep phrasal verbs intact.
On the other hand, this is incorrect: Turn your paper into your teacher. Abracadabra! Your paper is now your teacher. Why? Because 'to turn into' is another phrasal verb meaning to transform, as if by magic.
Your teacher made a joke. Laugh and learn.