When it comes to using prepositions with the verb “involved,” we need to make sure we know what we’re doing. This article will look at the differences between “involved with” and “involved in” and how you can use them both correctly.
What Is The Difference Between “Involved With” And “Involved In”?
You should use “involved with” when talking about one person being engaged in something with another person (usually a relationship). You should use “involved in” when talking about a person or thing being interested in doing something (like a project).
The difference between the two may be minor, but it’s clear that the contexts where “involved in” works better are more common in English. We use it whenever we’re interested in doing something, as “getting involved in” something means we’re getting enjoyment or satisfaction out of it.
To help you understand the definition of the two phrases, it might help you to see it from an official dictionary:
The definition of “involved in,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “interested in something you are doing.”
The definition of “involved with,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “being in a close relationship with someone.”
Is “Involved With” Or “Involved In” Used The Most?
Of the two, there is one clear winner when it comes to looking at which is used more. We thought a visual representation might be the best way for you to learn which is the most promising preposition for native speakers.
According to Google Ngram Viewer, “involved in” is the most popular choice and has always been. “Involved with” wasn’t even officially recognized as a phrase until around the 1960s.
There is a way to use the phrases synonymously, though we have to change the structure of the sentence to do so. It might be due to this reason that “involved in” is still by far the most popular choice since most people opt to use things they’re most familiar with.
You can use them interchangeably as follows:
- She is involved with him, and they are in a relationship.
- She is involved in a relationship with him.
Examples Of How To Use “Involved With” In A Sentence
Let’s go over some examples of using both phrases. That way, we’ll help you to understand when each of them works best and how you can use them.
- I’m involved with my old English tutor, and we couldn’t be happier together.
- Apparently, she’s involved with a new guy, though I haven’t had a chance to meet him yet.
- You shouldn’t get too involved with those kids, as they’re bound to be unruly when their parents are out.
- Don’t get involved with the affairs of your family, as it will only lead to heartache and devastation.
- I’m getting closely involved with someone who I never thought I’d have feelings for!
- We’re involved with each other, but we’ve promised not to tell anyone until we’re certain of our feelings.
- They’re involved with each other, though apparently, they’ve only been going out for three weeks!
“Involved with” works best when talking about close personal relationships. It’s very limited in its usage and is usually only for talking about relationships, which is why it’s less popular than “involved in.”
Examples Of How To Use “Involved In” In A Sentence
“Involved in” is much more common because it’s open to many different contexts and situations. These examples will explain some of the best ones you can use.
- I’m involved in every team on my school’s sports club. I love playing as a part of a team, after all.
- She’s involved in her work, and there’s no way you can tell her that there are more important things in life.
- It’s hard not to get involved in other people’s business, especially when they make it so juicy to listen to!
- You shouldn’t get involved in things you don’t understand because you’ll end up in a lot more trouble than you realize.
- I’m involved in a few different clubs, and I would happily introduce you to some of my friends if you’re interested.
- We’re involved in the operational side of things, and we’ll help you through orientation to make sure that you settle in alright.
- I heard that she’s involved in a new romantic relationship, and apparently, it’s with one of her older partners!
“Involved in” works when we talk about an object or thing that is of great interest to someone. When we use it in this way, we’re indicating that we do a lot of hands-on work to help complete the task or project.
Is It Ever Correct To Use “Involved Into”?
Sometimes, the prepositions “in” and “into” are interchangeable. However, this mostly applies when it’s possible to physically go inside an area, and using “involved” doesn’t extend to this rule.
“Involved into” is never correct because “involved” isn’t a tangible concept. We can’t physically walk or travel “into” something that we’re “involved in,” which is why we can’t use the words synonymously.
Is It Ever Correct To Use “Involved On”?
There are also times where “on” and “in” are synonymous, but again, this rule doesn’t seem to apply when using “involved.”
“Involved on” is never correct because we’re not talking about being “on” a project or a task. We always have to be “in” it because it shows how interested we are in something. “On” doesn’t show the same level of interest and is wrong to use in every case.
- Correct: I’m involved in a new project at my school.
- Incorrect: I’m involved on a new project at my work.
“Involved With” And “Involved In” – Synonyms
Finally, let’s check out some synonyms or alternatives that we might be able to use in place of “involved with” or “involved in.” These will all be great choices if you’re struggling with the difference in preposition use, so take your pick:
- Engaged in
- Engaged with
- Associated with
- Immersed in
- Immersed with
- In cahoots with
These synonyms are great to use both formally and informally when you want to talk about something that you’re “involved with” or “in.”
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.