threw vs through : Common Errors in English

About threw vs through

“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.”

threw Meaning(s)

  • (n) the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  • (n) a single chance or instance
  • (n) the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
  • (n) bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something
  • (n) casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
  • (v) propel through the air
  • (v) move violently, energetically, or carelessly
  • (v) get rid of
  • (v) place or put with great energy
  • (v) convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture
  • (v) cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
  • (v) put or send forth
  • (v) to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly
  • (v) cause to be confused emotionally
  • (v) utter with force; utter vehemently
  • (v) organize or be responsible for
  • (v) make on a potter's wheel
  • (v) cause to fall off
  • (v) throw (a die) out onto a flat surface
  • (v) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

through Meaning(s)

  • (s) having finished or arrived at completion
  • (s) (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes
  • (r) from beginning to end
  • (r) over the whole distance
  • (r) to completion
  • (r) in diameter
  • (r) throughout the entire extent

threw in News

  1. MBTA Police: Trio Of Women Threw Bleach, Robbed Man On T

    MBTA Police are searching for three young women who they say threw bleach in the eyes of a bus passenger after robbing him of his money.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CBS Boston

  2. Dock Ellis Threw a No-Hitter Against the Padres While on LSD

    The late, great Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 12, 1970 while under the influence of LSD. The talented group over at No Mas  put together this entertaining animation to shed light on one of the wildest sports stories you'll ever hear.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Report: Lindale man threw a butcher knife at woman in front of children

    A Lindale man remained in the Floyd County Jail on Tuesday night after he allegedly threw a butcher knife at a woman, threatening her with bodily harm while in the presence of two small children at...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Rome News-Tribune

through in News

  1. 9-year-old girl passes through airport customs with fake unicorn passport

    Breezing through airport security? For some, it’s about as likely as seeing a unicorn. But for 9-year-old Emily Harris of South Wales, it was her toy passport featuring a photo of a pink stuffed unicorn toy that secured her passage through the security line at Turkey’s Antalya airport. “We saw the funny side, and laughed [...]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Sideshow via Yahoo! News

  2. Train Plows Through Flash Mudslide Like It Don't Care

    A train passing through the Broye district in Switzerland encountered a flash mudslide caused by heavy rains. Did the mud stop the train? Hell no! The train just plowed right on through. Well, it stopped after making it past the mud (presumable to check for damage) but then went on its way. The cars that tried the same did not fare so well. The fate of the classic car also featured in this video ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Jalopnik

  3. Thousands march through Moscow in support of anti-Putin protesters jailed for more than a year

    MOSCOW — Thousands of Russian opposition activists are marching through Moscow decrying President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule and calling for the release of people they consider political prisoners.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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