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What is the difference between 'through' and 'threw'?

What is the difference between 'through' and 'threw'?

The words through and threw are often confused because they sound similar. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

Through means from one side of an opening to the other when used as a preposition.

Threw means tossed when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is Made it thROUGH a ROUGH patch.

Out of the two words, 'through' is the most common. It appears about 31 times more frequently than 'threw'.



Through and threw are homophones, which means they sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.

Through is a preposition. It means "from one side to another or beyond." Sometimes, it's also used as a synonym for "finished."

Threw is the past tense form of the verb "to throw." It means "tossed."

Is the correct phrase 'through the use of' or 'threw the use of'?

You should use 'through the use of'. These phrases are often confused because they sound the same.

Is the expression 'through the medium of' or 'threw the medium of'?

The correct expression is 'through the medium of'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar sound.

Is the correct expression 'to go through the' or 'to go threw the'?

The correct expression is 'to go through the'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar sound.

Should I use 'to pass through the' or 'to pass threw the'?

The correct expression is 'to pass through the'. These phrases are often confused because they sound the same.

Is the right expression 'through Jesus Christ our' or 'threw Jesus Christ our'?

The correct expression is 'through Jesus Christ our'. These phrases are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

Is the correct phrase 'threw a curve ball' or 'through a curve ball'?

The correct expression is 'threw a curve ball'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar sound.

Some synonyms of through are: done, beyond, past, to, between

Some synonyms of threw are: tossed, hurled, launched

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Examples of through in a sentence

And I got through the grove that way, moving from tree to tree.
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson
Laughter cut through the room from a table of doctors in scrubs.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
How much farther?Jesse …He broke through to the surface, clawing and kicking out of the ground.
- Beyond belief by Roy Johansen
He was glad it would only take twelve months to get through it.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
Half way through the gesture, the naked man was already running.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming

Examples of threw in a sentence

I threw the gearshift into park and unbuckled my seat belt.
- Touch of Darkness by C. T. Adams; Cathy Clamp
Max leapt out of bed and threw on his navy jersey.
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
At her first-birthday party, Melissa threw her face into the cake and ignored the candle.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
He quickly wiped it up with his sleeve and threw the mouse outside, and said nothing to anyone.
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
He brushed it off and threw the cardboard butt into the basket for secret waste beside his desk.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
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