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What is the difference between в тишине and в тишину? I know the first one is the prepositional singular of тишина, and the second is the accusative singular of тишина, but I don't really understand the different use cases.

This question arose from the lyrics from a song, specifically: Она на полупальцах в тишину. Here I would have thought it should be в тишине? Or is it because she is moving towards silence, as opposed to in it?

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Your guess is correct. "В тишине" is being in a silence, while "в тишину" is a poetic expression (and you will hardly encounter it in a colloquial conversation, as well as «на полупальцах» by the way)- she went away into the silence. For instance, "он сидел в темноте и думал" - he was sitting in a dark place, while "он ушёл в темноту" - he went away into the darkness.

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  • В чём? - В тишине.
  • Куда? - В тишину.

Regardless of whether the expression is used in a poetic sense or not, asking the above questions will help you define the correct spelling or reading of the written words

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    Hi and welcome to Russian.SE! We prefer longer, more thorough questions and answers here on this site. Two-liners like this are not really helpful, especially for a person who seems to be aware about the Russian cases. Could you please expand your answer a little bit? Thanks!
    – Quassnoi
    Aug 26, 2020 at 0:48

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