Across vs. Through

The preposition across shows movement or position from one side to the other.

  • The child ran across the road. (From one side of the road to the other)
  • There is a bridge across the river.
  • Can you jump across the stream?

Across can also mean on/to the other side.

The library is just across the road.

  • I live across the street.

Across and Through

The difference between across and through is similar to the difference between on and in. Across is used for a movement in a two-dimensional space. Through is used for a movement in a three-dimensional space.

  • We walked across the field. (We were on the field.)
  • He drove through the tunnel. (He was in the tunnel.)
  • We slowly walked through the wood. (We were in the wood.)
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