I was using the wonderful children’s dictionary, Kids.Wordsmyth.net for a project recently. While looking up “throughout”, I found a curious entry which highlighted something that’s bothered me for a while. What’s the difference between a preposition and an adverb?
OK, I know the difference, but it does seem as if some words are classified as both, when the difference in their usage or meaning is pretty minor.
Here’s what the dictionary says about throughout as a preposition:
definition: in, to, or during every part of.
The lights were on throughout the town.
The party lasted throughout the night.
And as an adverb:
in, during, or including every part.The old house is still solid throughout.
from the start to the finish; during the whole time.They remained friends throughout.