With vs. Through

Are you confused about the difference between 'with' and 'through'? In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

"With" vs. "Through" in the English grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

The main difference between 'with' and 'through' is in what they indicate. 'With' as a preposition is used to indicate companions of an action or event. 'Through' as a preposition is used to indicate the passage from one location to another.

Using Something

'With' and 'through' as prepositions are used to indicate that an action was done using something. However, there is a distinction. 'With' tends to talk about the instruments that were used while 'through' is more focused on 'by means of' and 'by the agency of.'

I got my phone through my friend who works at the store.

She killed her husband with a large knife.

Indicating Movement

'Through' can be used to indicate movement into one side of something and out of the other side of it.

She walked through the fire.

He had a hard time finding his way through the woods.

Indicating Possession

'With' is used to show possession. It can be the possession of a feature or an object. Have a look:

A guy with a long beard passed by.

The car with weird mirrors was stolen.

Are They Interchangeable?

They are not interchangeable. Even though both at times represent the meaning 'using' but even in that case, they cannot replace one another as the meaning will be deeply affected.

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