Thursday, March 3, 2011

❏This vs That ❐: ✎Threw vs. Through vs. True

Welcome to Thursday's

Ok, where do I begin with this one?  First of all, let me start off by mentioning that to a native English speaker, automatically the words Threw and Through both sound the same but True does not.  Hence, we know right away that true could never really be confused with threw and through.

However, for most non-native English speakers, this is not the case since the "th" sound is harder for them to pronounciate.  It's almost like us native English speakers trying to roll the 'r' in words - it's just harder for us to do since we've never really used it.

For example, when they say thank-you, it sounds more like tank-you

So, to most non-native speakers, all 3 words are pronounced the same and therefore sound the same -this is why I included the word True in this post since it's used the most in writings regardless of its meaning in sentences.

Having said all that, let's now start off with:

Threw is the past tense of 'throw'.  The past participle is thrown.
Unfortunately, the word threw has many meanings and can be used in many ways:

  1. They threw him in prison for stealing the cash.
  2. The child threw such a temper tantrum because he couldn't get the toy he wanted.
  3. She threw the clothes into the suitcase.
  4. He threw the ball at the target.
  5. The lady threw the shawl over her shoulders.
  6. The ventriloquist threw his voice really well at the show.
  7. The young lad threw all his energy into his work.
  8. The police department threw every available agent into the case.
  9. The horse threw the lady off twice.
  10. I mean,I could go on and on...

So, in other words, threw is a verb - an action word.  On the other hand however...
Through not!  It's a preposition (adjective or adverb) used to establish relationships between things.  It also Indicates movement from one side or end of something to or past the other side or end of something
  1. Ony through hard work will he ever excel.
  2. The train passed through the tunnel at an amazing speed.
  3. I am through with this relationship!
Unless you mean the act of throwing, use through.

**side note** - Thru has the same meaning as through but is used as an informal variant.  It's actually an abbreviation of "through," and is typically used when their is limited space like the expiry date on credit cards, road signs or for texting.  It should not however, be used in formal writing.

and lastly...

is just the opposite of false!  And definitely sounds different than through and threw when pronounced properly!

So when talking about something in terms of being factual, faithful, real, loyal or genuine - use True!


Today's Grammar Blooper:

Pic by Flickr user Omad

Can you spot the error?

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