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.