'Into' vs. 'Through': What's the Difference?

These prepositions guide us through different paths of motion. Let's dissect their meanings to understand their unique usages better.

When you move "into" something, you're crossing a boundary; that is, there is a movement from outside to a point within:

Olivia walked into the room, ready for the interview.

We also use "into" if the action involves a change of state or condition:

The magician turned a handkerchief into a dove.

The discussion turned into a heated debate.

"Through" is used to describe movement or action from one side to another while surrounded by an environment or a medium.

The road goes through the dense woods.

She read through the report to grasp its implications.

"Through" often implies movement or existence within a medium or continuum, while "into" implies entrance or transformation leading to a new state or location.

With a similar connotation, you can use "into" and "through" to talk about time.

As we move into the new year, it's important to set goals and intentions for the months ahead.

He worked through the night to meet the project deadline.

Note that we usually say "into the future", but "through the ages."

The decisions we make today will shape our path into the future.

Medical knowledge has made incredible strides through the ages, transforming the way we live and heal.

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