What Is Their Difference?
As mentioned above, 'onto' is a preposition of movement indicating something going to the surface of another. Look at the examples below:
The snake crawled
The girl nervously stepped
'On to', on the other hand, is when we have a phrasal verb, and 'on' is the particle of the phrasal verb. Look at the examples below:
While I keep talking to him, hold
You guys looked
In fact, they share no similarities. Look:
Did you log
Are They Interchangeable?
Although they look somehow similar, they cannot be used interchangeably, because 'on' in 'on to' is part of a phrasal verb, whereas 'onto' is a preposition all by itself. When 'onto' is used it refers to something coming on the surface of another thing, whereas, 'come on to' refers to being sexually interested in someone. Compare:
✓ The body came
X The body came
As you can see here, 'on' is a particle of the phrasal verb.
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