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Through vs. Thru — What's the Difference?

By Tayyaba Rehman & Fiza Rafique — Updated on October 3, 2023
"Through" is the correct spelling, meaning moving in one side and out of the other side, while "thru" is an informal and incorrect spelling variant. Consistent and proper use assures clear communication.
Through vs. Thru

Difference Between Through and Thru

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Which is correct: Through or Thru

How to spell Through?

Through

Correct Spelling

Thru

Incorrect Spelling

Key Differences

Through contains “ough” which is common in English (though, enough).
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Thru is commonly seen in informal and quick communication like text messages.
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Through is universally accepted in all types of writing, unlike “thru”.
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Consider "through" as the full, formal version to use in official or academic writing.
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Note "thru" in contexts like drive-thru, then recall it’s an exception, not the rule.
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Compare with Definitions

Through

In one side and out the opposite or another side
He walked through the door.
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Thru

Non-standard spelling of through
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Through

Moving around in a place
She looked through the entire wardrobe.
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Thru

Thru is an incorrect spelling of through.
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Through

Continuing in time toward completion
They worked through the night.
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Through

Because of
He failed through his own fault.
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Through

In one side and out the opposite or another side of
Went through the tunnel.
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Through

Among or between; in the midst of
A walk through the flowers.
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Through

By way of
Climbed in through the window.
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Through

By the means or agency of
Bought the antique vase through a dealer.
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Through

Into and out of the handling, care, processing, modification, or consideration of
Her application went through our office. Run the figures through the computer.
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Through

Here and there in; around
A tour through France.
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Through

From the beginning to the end of
Stayed up through the night.
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Through

At or to the end of; done or finished with, especially successfully
We are through the initial testing period.
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Through

Up to and including
A play that runs through December.
A volume that covers A through D.
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Through

Past and without stopping for
Drove through a red light.
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Through

Because of; on account of
She succeeded through hard work. He declined the honor through modesty.
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Through

From one end or side to another or an opposite end or side
Opened the door and went through.
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Through

From beginning to end; completely
I read the article once through.
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Through

Throughout the whole extent or thickness; thoroughly
Warmed the leftovers clear through.
Got soaked through in the rain.
A letter that was shot through with the writer's personality.
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Through

Over the total distance; all the way
Drove through to their final destination.
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Through

To a conclusion or an accomplishment
See a matter through.
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Through

Allowing continuous passage; unobstructed
A through street.
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Through

Affording transportation to a destination with few or no stops and no transfers
A through bus.
A through ticket.
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Through

Continuing on a highway without exiting
Through traffic.
Through lanes.
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Through

Passing or extending from one end, side, or surface to another
A through beam.
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Through

Having finished; at completion
She was through with the project.
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Through

Having no further concern, dealings, or connection
I'm through with him.
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Through

Having no more use, value, or potential; washed-up
That swimmer is through as an athlete.
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Through

Doomed to death or destruction.
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Through

From one side of an opening to the other.
I went through the window.
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Through

Entering, then later leaving.
I drove through the town at top speed without looking left or right.
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Through

Surrounded by (while moving).
We slogged through the mud for hours before turning back and giving up.
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Through

By means of.
This team believes in winning through intimidation.
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Through

In consequence of; as a result of.
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Through

(North America) To (or up to) and including, with all intermediate values.
From 1945 through 1991;
The numbers 1 through 9;
Your membership is active through March 15, 2013
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Through

Passing from one side of something to the other.
Interstate highways form a nationwide system of through roads.
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Through

Finished; complete.
They were through with laying the subroof by noon.
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Through

Without a future; done for.
After being implicated in the scandal, he was through as an executive in financial services.
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Through

No longer interested; wearied or turned off by experience.
She was through with him.
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Through

Proceeding from origin to destination without delay due to change of equipment.
The through flight through Memphis was the fastest.
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Through

(association football) In possession of the ball beyond the last line of defence but not necessarily the goalkeeper; through on goal.
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Through

From one side to the other by way of the interior.
The arrow went straight through.
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Through

From one end to the other.
Others slept; he worked straight through.
She read the letter through.
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Through

During a period of time; throughout
He worked through the night.
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Through

To the end.
He said he would see it through.
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Through

Completely.
Leave the yarn in the dye overnight so the color soaks through.
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Through

Out into the open.
The American army broke through at Saint-Lô.
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Through

A large slab of stone laid in a dry-stone wall from one side to the other; a perpend.
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(obsolete) A coffin, sarcophagus or tomb of stone; a large slab of stone laid on a tomb.
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From end to end of, or from side to side of; from one surface or limit of, to the opposite; into and out of at the opposite, or at another, point; as, to bore through a piece of timber, or through a board; a ball passes through the side of a ship.
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Between the sides or walls of; within; as, to pass through a door; to go through an avenue.
Through the gate of ivory he dismissedHis valiant offspring.
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Through

By means of; by the agency of.
Through these hands this science has passed with great applause.
Material things are presented only through their senses.
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Over the whole surface or extent of; as, to ride through the country; to look through an account.
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Through

Among or in the midst of; - used to denote passage; as, a fish swims through the water; the light glimmers through a thicket.
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Through

From the beginning to the end of; to the end or conclusion of; as, through life; through the year.
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From one end or side to the other; as, to pierce a thing through.
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From beginning to end; as, to read a letter through.
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To the end; to a conclusion; to the ultimate purpose; as, to carry a project through.
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Through

Going or extending through; going, extending, or serving from the beginning to the end; thorough; complete; as, a through line; a through ticket; a through train. Also, admitting of passage through; as, a through bridge.
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Through

Having finished or arrived at completion;
Certain to make history before he's done
It's a done deed
After the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up
Almost through with his studies
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Through

Of a route or journey etc.; continuing without requiring stops or changes;
A through street
A through bus
Through traffic
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From one end or side to the other;
Jealousy pierced her through
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Through

From beginning to end;
Read this book through
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Through

Over the whole distance;
This bus goes through to New York
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Through

To completion;
Think this through very carefully!
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Through

In diameter;
This cylinder measures 15 inches through
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Through

Throughout the entire extent;
Got soaked through in the rain
I'm frozen through
A letter shot through with the writer's personality
Knew him through and through
Boards rotten through and through
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Through

By means of
She succeeded through hard work.
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Common Curiosities

What is the pronunciation of through?

/θruː/
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What is the root word of through?

The Old English word "þurh."
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Which conjunction is used with through?

"Through" can be used with various conjunctions, depending on the context.
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Why is it called through?

It originates from the Old English "þurh," meaning moving from one side to another.
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Which vowel is used before through?

It depends on context; there’s no specific vowel always used.
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Which article is used with through?

Both “a” and “the” can be used, depending on the context.
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What is the singular form of through?

"Through" does not have singular/plural forms.
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What is the verb form of through?

"Through" does not have a verb form.
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Which preposition is used with through?

"Through" itself is often used as a preposition.
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Is through an adverb?

Yes.
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Is through a vowel or consonant?

It is a word, containing both vowels and consonants.
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Is through a countable noun?

No.
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Is the through term a metaphor?

No, but it can be used in metaphorical expressions.
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What is the plural form of through?

"Through" does not have a plural form.
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Is through an abstract noun?

No.
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What part of speech is through?

Preposition and adverb.
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Is the word “through” a Direct object or an Indirect object?

Neither, it's commonly used as a preposition or adverb.
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How do we divide through into syllables?

It is not divided as it's a one-syllable word.
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What is another term for through?

Via, by means of.
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How is through used in a sentence?

"He walked through the park."
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Is through a negative or positive word?

It is neutral.
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Is through a collective noun?

No.
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Is the word through imperative?

No.
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Which determiner is used with through?

Determiners like "the" can be used with "through".
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Is through a noun or adjective?

No, "through" is a preposition and an adverb.
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Is the word through a Gerund?

No.
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How many syllables are in through?

One.
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What is a stressed syllable in through?

Not applicable, as "through" has only one syllable.
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What is the opposite of through?

Around.
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