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

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

The words throw and through are often confused by writers. We'll help you to understand the difference.

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

Throw means to hurl; to cause an object to move rapidly through the air when used as a verb.

Out of the two words, 'through' is the most common. It appears about 27 times more frequently than 'throw'.



### Which is right 'stone's throw away' or 'stone's through away'? The correct phrase is 'stone's throw away'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the expression 'throw cold water on' or 'through cold water on'?

The correct phrase is 'throw cold water on'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the expression 'throw in the towel' or 'through in the towel'?

The right phrase is 'throw in the towel'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Which is right 'through the use of' or 'throw the use of'?

The correct expression is 'through the use of'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'through the medium of' or 'throw the medium of'?

The correct phrase is 'through the medium of'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Which is right 'to go through the' or 'to go throw the'?

You should use 'to go through the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct phrase 'to pass through the' or 'to pass throw the'?

The right phrase is 'to pass through the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'through Jesus Christ our' or 'throw Jesus Christ our'?

The correct expression is 'through Jesus Christ our'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Some synonyms of throw are: set, take, movement, throw away, contrive.

Some synonyms of through are: through and through, through with, done, over, finished .

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Examples of throw in a sentence

His only reaction was to throw himself down and forward at the legs.
- Doctor No by Ian Fleming
He wanted a crowd of them to debag Mainwaring and throw him in the loch.
- Death of an Outsider by M. C. Beaton
And yet, as poor as I Have ventured all upon a throw;
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
Cassie set the steaming kettle down again and dashed over to throw her arms around Ed.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
From the shadows of a cave, he would throw javelins at them, never missing his mark;
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

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

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