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Grammar Tips

Getting It Write
"Through" & "Threw"

In our continuing series focusing on effective writing, we examine common grammar mistakes. Good writing, free of error, allows the reader to concentrate on your message. It is always a good idea to reread your newsletter one more time before you print it. Even better—get someone else to read it. While preparing for your next newsletter, consider this common grammatical error.

Proper use of “through” and “threw” can be tricky. Because they sound the same, it can be hard to remember which form is correct.

Remember This Rule

Through” actually has many meanings, ranging from “in one side and out the opposite” to “among or between.” It can also mean “by way of” or “done or finished.”


“He climbed in through the window.”

“She contacted us through her attorney.”

“He pushed his plate away when he was through.”


Threw” is the past tense of “throw.”


“He threw the ball.”

Be careful about using “thru.” It is an informal form of through, and shouldn’t be used in professional writing.


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