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No, it’s not a joke and yes, we do have all these words in English and yes, they are all very used on a daily basis – much more than you imagine by the way.
THOUGH, THROUGH, THROUGHOUT, THOROUGH, THRU, THOUGHT, TOUGH AND TAUGHT
What are these words, how should we pronounce each one and how do we use them?
First of all, why does it seem so difficult and impossible to memorize them in English? Because in my opinion, we tend to bring them together and learn each one in the same group and this causes a great confusion in our mind. I’m pretty sure if we learn them in different moments, situations and contexts, they will just become words with similar writing and pronunciation but the meaning and usage will be all set and clear.
How do I know that? Because that’s the way I learned it some years ago. I wasn’t introduced to these words the way I am bringing you right now. So why am I bringing this way right now? Because of tons of questions that I receive asking me the difference among them and since I’m here to help you guys, let’s get it done.
And again, there’s nothing wrong about learning all of them at the same time. I just think it’s a little more difficult and confusing. My tip for you: we’re talking about 8 words here. Study one word per day. Put it on your calendar:
- Monday: THOUGH (meaning, example, pronunciation, write some sentences and examples with it).
- Tuesday: TAUGHT (meaning, example, pronunciation, write some sentences and examples with it).
And so on
You won’t spend more than 20 minutes doing that. Wanna improve your English? That’s the way it is, hard work, no pain no gain! 🙂 Now let’s check each one:
- THOUGH is the short form of the word ALTHOUGH. It means however, on the fact that, but, even though…For example: It’s -15 degrees Celsius though it’s sunny out there. They’re coming on Monday though I don’t know what time. Though I really like hot weather, 40 degrees Celsius is way too hot for me!
- THROUGH is a preposition. It is the same as “from one end or side to the other”; “from beginning to end”; “because of someone or something”; “from one time until another”. Like: I worked through the night to finish the translation. The bank is open from Monday through Saturday. I got my job through my father-in-law.
- THOROUGH: I loooove that one. I’ve already seen this word in grocery stores, drugstores, bakeries… It’s really common guys. Thorough means that something is careful, complete, meticulous, detailed, organized… You can tell someone “Hey, read this report thoroughly cause the president is going to see it” Or “Translation work requires a person to be thorough and detailed.” At Aldi, a grocery store here in North Liberty has a sign saying “We insist that our specials are thoroughly tested. It’s a quality thing.)
- THOUGHT: This one is easy guys. THOUGHT is the past of the verb TO THINK. I think about you. I thought about you. Or I can say: “I thought you wanted me to stay. Why are you mad at me?” “We thought about selling our old car to raise some money” “She thought you were traveling today”
- TAUGHT: Another easy one. TAUGHT and be careful because the pronunciation here is a little different. TAUGHT. Guys, TAUGHT is another past tense verb. It’s the past of the verb TO TEACH, in other words, TO GIVE LESSONS. Yeah, I’m a teacher. I teach. Yesterday I taught my students how to use the verb TO BE for instance. You can say “I taught my kid to ride a bike” or “My brother taught me to read”.
- That’s a big one, right? THROUGHOUT is a preposition guys and it means “in every part of place”/ “during a whole period of time”. You can tell me you listened to our English Bites throughout the afternoon on Saturday hehe Or “The disease spread throughout the population of New York in 2 days.” “She was calm throughout her trip to Australia.”
- NEXT: TOUGH. Guys, TOUGH is an adjective. We should say something is tough when it’s difficult to accomplish or resolve like: “Omg, that’s a tough question. I have no idea how to do it.” If we say someone is tough, it means this person is very stubborn, very hard to negotiate. I can say I can be sweet and tough at the same time LOL.
- And the last one: THRU. Erika, haven’t we spoken about this word before? The word itself yes, but this one is written in a different form so check the transcription in order to understand what I am saying. T H R U – THRU has the same meaning of THROUGH – T H R O U G H but we should never use THRU – T H R U in any context. It’s considered poor English alright? So, learn the word, memorize the pronunciation but use THROUGH instead ok? Oh, just one point, it is super acceptable for the word DRIVE-THRU. Only that one ok?
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