For today’s stress words quiz, we delve into the world of prepositions. What fun!

Through vs. Across

Occassionally, in going over my writing I come across sentences in which either one of these prepositions will do. How to decide?

The difference may seem trivial, but just consider the possibilities:

Would you rather:

A). Sludge through a muddy lake

or

B). Water-ski across the water

 

A). Stay up late burning through a good book

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B). Skim your eyes across the pages

 

A). Reach through the vast emptiness of the universe

or

B). Build a bridge across the void

 

Every word has weight. Even prepositions. Writers have to sweat the small stuff, but don’t lose heart: by working carefully through your manuscript, pondering the value of every word, your skill with language will pay off when it shows across the pages.

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