You've likely seen the word thru in place of through, but are they the same word? Do you go to the drive-thru or the drive-through? Are both correct? Learn the answers to these questions and more as well as the difference between through and thru.
Unlike homonyms, which sound the same but have different definitions, through and thru can be used interchangeably. But should they?
- Through is a preposition that generally means movement from one point to another or from beginning to end.
- Thru is an alternate spelling of through. It has the same meaning and usage, but it should only be used in informal writing
Through can be used in several contexts. It can also mean completely.
He drove through the city
I’m not through yet.
Let me through.
She’s good through and through.
I had to jump through hoops to get here.
The scientist made a breakthrough discovery
Thru is used in place of through in text messages or social media posts and is popularly used in words like drive-thru.
I’m going through the drive-thru.
We did a run-thru of the play.
R u thru?
In addition to through and thru, readers should look out for threw. Threw is a homonym, meaning it sounds like through but it has a different spelling and definition. Threw is the past tense of the verb "to throw."
He threw the ball.
I threw a fit when I heard the news.
The time change really threw me off.