Sunday, March 29, 2015

threw/through: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Sunday, March 29, 2015

“Threw” is the past tense of the verb “throw”: “The pitcher threw a curve ball.” “Through” is never a verb: “The ball came through my living room window.” Unless your sentence involves someone throwing something—even figuratively, as in “she threw out the idea casually”—the word you want is “through.”

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