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    Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    Someone told me that it's incorrect to say 'I slept throughout the entire class.' It should be either 'through the entire class' or 'throughout the class.' Even though the following clips tell a different story:
    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/a979769...5-348e552cf4ef
    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/af16ae9...2-58f532c17590

    On my IELTS practice test I said the following:
    "Its very hot and humid throughout most of the year." (most of the year since it's cold in the winter)

    I'm not sure if 'throughout' and 'most' go well together. Please let me know if there's anything wrong with this sentence and whether what I learned (above) is correct.

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    #2

    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Someone told me that it's incorrect to say 'I slept throughout the entire class.'

    Someone is correct. It should be through.


    It should be either 'through the entire class'

    Yes.


    or 'throughout the class,'

    No.

    even though the following clips tell a different story:
    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/a979769...5-348e552cf4ef
    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/af16ae9...2-58f532c17590

    On my IELTS practice test I said the following:
    "Its very hot and humid throughout most of the year." (most of the year since it's cold in the winter)

    I'm not sure if 'throughout' and 'most' go well together.

    They're fine together. You can also say "through most of the year."


    Please let me know if there's anything wrong with this sentence and whether what I learned (above) is correct.
    You can say:

    - I slept through class.
    - I slept through the class.
    - I slept through the entire class.
    - I slept through the whole class.

    Throughout would be wrong. If you go from one end or side of something to the other, you go through it — not throughout it:

    - The tunnel goes through the mountain.
    - We've been through this argument a thousand times.

    Do not use throughout when you mean through.

    Use throughout to say that something is or isn't frequent or widespread:

    - I had bad headaches throughout the year.
    - Throughout her entire career, she never cheated a client.
    - It could be smelled throughout the neighborhood.

    In all those last three throughout examples, through can also be used. But throughout is better.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 18-Oct-2020 at 22:00.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    PS - My wife pointed out that if you slept throughout the class, it means that you moved all around the classroom while you slept not a likely situation!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    Unless you're a classy somnambulist.

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    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Unless you're a classy somnambulist.
    Like Lady Macbeth.
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    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    Note that most British English speakers would use 'lesson' rather than 'class' in the above examples.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Oct-2020 at 10:52. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    If you slept from the beginning to the end of the lesson, you could use "through". If you intermittently dozed off and woke up again several times, you could use something like "I kept nodding off throughout the lesson". That demonstrates that it happened more than once between the beginning and end of the lesson.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    PS - My wife pointed out that if you slept throughout the class, it means that you moved all around the classroom while you slept not a likely situation!
    Okay. This made my day.

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    #9

    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You can say:

    - I slept through class.
    - I slept through the class.
    - I slept through the entire class.
    - I slept through the whole class.

    Throughout would be wrong. If you go from one end or side of something to the other, you go through it not throughout it:

    - The tunnel goes through the mountain.
    - We've been through this argument a thousand times.

    Do not use throughout when you mean through.

    Use throughout to say that something is or isn't frequent or widespread:

    - I had bad headaches throughout the year.
    - Throughout her entire career, she never cheated a client.
    - It could be smelled throughout the neighborhood.

    In all those last three throughout examples, through can also be used. But throughout is better.
    Thanks for this amazing explanation. I think I get it.
    Just to be sure here are some example sentences. Please let me know if any of them are incorrect.

    Through
    - The movie was so boring I just slept through it.
    - He yawned through the performance.
    - I was on my phone (through) the entire class. - I think this sentence works better without 'through.'

    Throughout
    - The coronavirus spread from China throughout the entire planet.
    - There is a shortage of masks throughout the globe.

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    #10

    Re: Slept throughout the class/ through the entire class.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Thanks for this amazing explanation. I think I get it.
    Just to be sure here are some example sentences. Please let me know if any of them are incorrect.

    Through
    - The movie was so boring I just slept through it.
    - He yawned through the performance.

    Yes, you can use either there, but throughout would be a clearer. Through might suggest one long yawn.

    It's like those last three examples I gave you. When in doubt, it's always safe to use through.


    - I was on my phone (through) the entire class. - I think this sentence works better without 'through.'

    Throughout
    - The coronavirus spread from China throughout the entire planet.
    - There is a shortage of masks throughout the globe.
    Yes. You get it!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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