Lawless tells us that it is a very high register. So don't expect to hear a liaison following the verb here. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-pronounce-optional-liaisons-french-4083604
I would also like to know. If you say entrer dans it clearly means enter INTO. However, I cannot tell if the sentence here, which doesn't use entrer, means INTO (i.e. from outside to inside e.g. the garden) or IN (as in, within)? There must surely be ways in French to illustrate these different concepts.
Perhaps "faire un pas dans" always means "(to take a) step INTO, just like dans following entrer always means to enter INTO. Perhaps someone is able to confirm or correct me on this? And if correct, how's someone explain how to say "to take a step (with)in" e.g. the garden? Big thanks!
I believe that jardin is the equivalent of what we in the UK call "the garden" and our cousins in the US call "the yard", ie those parts of a domestic plot which are not built upon.
Of course, both "garden" and "jardin" are also used for what the Americans call "a garden", ie an area which is used to cultivate flowers and other plants.
I think that some Americans believe that their "yard" translates as "une cour" in France, but I believe that this inaccurate.
In my (limited) experience une cour is a courtyard, a typically quite large, typically rectangular area, which although it might have grass borders and decoration, is not laid to grass but typically paved in some way.
The majority of French residences are not grand enough to have une cour.
I'm an American, and for me a "yard" is the area surrounding one's house which is covered with grass (a lawn). A garden is where one grows flowers, plants and/or vegetables.
And you could have a yard (a grassy area) which is also a garden because there are flowers and plants.
Other Americans may disagree, but that's how I see it.