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


B). Water-ski across the water


A). Stay up late burning through a good book


B). Skim your eyes across the pages


A). Reach through the vast emptiness of the universe


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.