Across vs Over vs Through
It is not always easy and obvious to know whether to use across, over or through in a particular sentence. In this lesson, we’ll try to clear things out.
As a matter of fact, ACROSS and OVER are both prepositions and adverbs. As such, they are in most cases interchangeable.
Look at these sentences:
- They had to go across the river to get to their house.
- We walked over the bridge in the misty morning.
However, when the meaning is ‘from side to side’, ACROSS is preferred:
- I ran across the street.
- Juliana folded her arms across her chests.
When moving from one side to another in a surrounding environment, across is replaced by THROUGH:
- I couId feel the thorns on my skin but I managed to make my way through the bushes.
- The Red Riding Hood went through the woods to get to her grandma’s house.
Don’t use THROUGH when talking about periods of time. In these cases, OVER is preferred.
- I haven’t seen Tom much over the last three years.
- It took them over thee weeks to prepare the restaurant for the ball.
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