Difference Between Threw and Through

Main Difference – Threw and Through

Threw and through are two words that have the same pronunciation, but this does not mean that they can be used interchangeably. There is a huge difference in their meaning.  The main  difference between Threw and Through is that threw is a verb (past tense of ‘throw’) while through is a preposition

Threw – Meaning and Usage

Threw is the past tense of the verb throw which generally mean to propel something through the air. Therefore, you can use the verb threw in sentences like,

He threw a stone through the window.

They threw a lifeline to the man overboard, but it failed to rescue him.

She threw some vegetables into the frying pan and pretended to cook them.

She threw her head back and laughed.

When you look at the above sentences, you’ll notice that ‘threw’ in the last sentence does not exactly mean the act of propelling something through the air. Rather, it describes the movement of great speed or force. So it is clear that the word ‘throw’ has different meanings. Given below are some of the relevant meanings.

Send suddenly into a particular state or condition, to confuse or to disconcert:

His announcement threw her into a frenzy.

The riots threw the city into utter confusion.

To put on or off hurriedly or carelessly:

I threw over some clothes and hurried out of the house.

He threw on his shoes on and joined the others.

To give or hold:

He threw a huge birthday party for his wife.

They threw a party to celebrate their victory.

Send someone to the ground in an activity like wrestling or to be unseated:

In the final match, Nicholas wa in top condition and threw his opponent twice.

Black Beauty, threw its rider, and escaped into the forest.Difference between threw and through

Through –  Meaning and Usage 

Through can be used as an adverb as well as a preposition. Through is generally used when talking about penetration or passage. Look at the different meanings of through as indicated below.

beginning → end

We sat through a boring lecture.

I read through this book in two hours.

In → Out or Out →In

My father started shouting at me as soon as I stepped through the door.

The sunlight came in through the window.

By means of

They did not want to seek justice through proper channels.

Infections can enter the body through contaminated food.

So as to inspect all or part of

I flipped through her book and found this note.

I went through my photo collection again, but I couldn’t find a single photo of her.

Main Difference _ threw vs through

The sunlight came in through the window.

Difference Between Threw and Through

Grammatical Form

Threw is a verb.

Through is a preposition and an adverb.


Threw is the past tense of throw. It can mean propel something through the air, to dress hurridly, to send in to a state or condion or to give or to hold etc. The most common meaning is, to send somthing flying through the air.

Through is used to indicate penetration or passage.

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