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Friday, January 27, 2017


As with other homophones, the words threw, through, and thru may sound alike but have different meanings and uses. Threw and through have very distinct meanings while thru is generally used only in informal writing.
The term threw is the simple past tense of the verb throw meaning “to propel something with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand.”
“Young woman, 26, ‘threw boiling water over her boyfriend’s pal during a Valentine’s Day bust-up’”
The Sun
“Prosecutors won’t charge police officer who threw black high school student out of her chair onto the ground for refusing to give up her cellphone”
Daily Mail
“‘Grinning sex attacker’ threw table at woman, grabbed her throat and pinned her down to sexually assault her”
It may also mean “to cause to enter suddenly a particular state or condition.”
“Corruption threw country into abyss of terrorism: Siraj”
The News International
“Trevor Noah: How Trump threw Republicans in Congress ‘under the bus'”
Business Insider
“Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Reportedly Threw a Secret New Year’s Eve Wedding”
On the other hand, through is mostly used as a preposition or adverb to denote “moving in one side and out of the other side of an opening, channel, or location.”
“A Gathering of the Global Elite, Through a Woman’s Eyes”
New York Times
“The Photos We Loved: President Obama Through Pete Souza’s Lens”
“Thousands fill Loop after Women’s March rally in Chicago draws estimated 250,000”
Chicago Tribune
It may also mean “continuing in time toward completion of a process or period.”
“Pod save America: 12 podcasts to get you through the Trump presidency”
The Guardian
“Growing Up Obama: Malia and Sasha Through the Years”
“Study suggests surprising reason killer whales go through menopause”
Science Magazine
Meanwhile, the term thru is simply an informal spelling of the word through and is usually not recommended to be used in formal writing as it is considered less serious than its original counterpart.
“Website Thru The Nite: The Countdown Has Begun”
Muncie Journal
“Cold Rain Thru Wednesday. Little Icing North And West”
WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
“Heavy Wet Snow and Ice Expected Monday Night Thru Tuesday”
The Vermont Standard
Another term that may add up to the confusion would be the adjective thorough which means “complete with regard to every detail” or “performed or written with great care and completeness.” This is attributed to its almost identical spelling with through.
“Senate should take its time, be thorough in vetting Trump nominees”
The Seattle Times
“Acting president calls for thorough readiness against potential N. Korea provocations”
Korea Times
“Senator Chuck Schumer Calls for a ‘Thorough’ Vetting of Trump’s Nominees”


Here are some English phrases you will find useful when shopping at the supermarket.
Questions the sales assistants might ask
Hello. How may I help you?
Are you looking for anything in particular, Sir?
Hello. How can I help you?
Hello. What can I do for you?
Can I help you at all? (Very polite)
Hello. Can I help you?
Finding and asking for items
Where are the vegetables?
Do you sell flowers?
Could you tell me where the meat section is?
Where is the frozen food section?
Could you tell me where the milk is?
Do you sell meat?
Where are the fruits?
I’d like some fish, please.
I’d like some cookies, please.
I’d like a loaf of bread, please.
I’d like a piece of cheese, please.
I’m looking for a pair of shoes.
‘How much would you like?’ ‘250 grams / half a kilo / two kilos.’
I’m looking for magazines. Where can I find them?
I’m looking for a camera / a watch / a calculator / etc.
Do you sell dolls / shoes / bags / cosemtics / etc.?
Can I try this on?
At the checkout
‘That’s $86 altogether. Do you need any help packing?’ ‘No, I can do it myself.’
Could I have a carrier bag, please?