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Across or Through


ACROSS or THROUGH?

 

1) ACROSS : On the other side... 

* If there's a change of places from a place to another place in a 2 dimension space. (a street,  a park, a town...).The two dimensions are : the length and the width and correspond to a surface. 

  

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 - You must never run across a street.  

* When there is no change of places: the action takes place on the other side.

- She was standing across the street, looking at us. 

- Let's meet across the Park, in front of the baker's.

 

                                                                   

 

  To come across = to meet.

2) THROUGH = in on one side, and out on the other side..., in a 3 dimension space. (a forest, a wood, the jungle, a door, a window...) The three dimensions are : the length, the width and the height. They correspond to a volume

Through often expresses a difficulty, an effort to be made and often implies that the action is done from the beginning to the end

 

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- The burglar came in through the window. 

- Yesterday, at the circus, the lions jumped through the hoops set ablaze!                                                                                                                 

   to be through... = to have finished/ to be over

                                                                     

 

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