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    meanings of 'through'

    When 'through' is used as a preposition, it can have (at least) both of the following meanings:
    1. from one end to another, as in walk through the tunnel
    2. all over the place, as in wander through the forest
    Can through have the second meaning, too, when used as an adverb, i.e. without a complementation? For instance, wander through in the following passages:

    The Tate Modern in London is Europe's most disappointing museum. I watched as school kids almost ran through it, finding absolutely nothing to attract their gaze. A couple wandered through and paused at each piece, giving them that serious, meaningful look.
    Drug dealers openly peddled their wares-OxyContin, crack cocaine, heroin-on the sidewalk as tourists wandered through and schoolchildren walked home.

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    Re: meanings of 'through'

    Quote Originally Posted by miwalko View Post
    When 'through' is used as a preposition, it can have (at least) both of the following meanings:
    1. from one end to another, as in walk through the tunnel
    2. all over the place, as in wander through the forest.
    I would not take 'through' to mean 'all over the place' in #2. I would take it to mean "in (roughly) one direction, as part or all of the process of crossing from one side of the forest to the other". I'd say the same about your other examples.

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