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    Can "through" be replaced with "in" or "across" as a preposition"?

    "My dog wreaked havoc through the house". Why is "through" used here as a preposition and not "in" or "across"?
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    Re: Can "through" be replaced with "in" or "across" as a preposition"?

    "Through" is the wrong preposition and "wreak" is incorrect. Where did you find the sentence? Remember that you always have to tell us the source and, where possible, author of every quotation.
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    Re: Can "through" be replaced with "in" or "across" as a preposition"?

    Quote Originally Posted by rezaaa View Post
    "My dog wreak havoc through the house".
    That's ungrammatical; it's missing tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by rezaaa View Post
    Why is "through" is used here as a preposition and not "in" or "across"?
    We'll comment after you tell us the source. Please provide a link if possible.

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    Re: Can "through" be replaced with "in" or "across" as a preposition"?


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    Re: Can "through" be replaced with "in" or "across" as a preposition"?

    The two written examples on that page are:


    • Trump’s supporters wreaked havoc in the Capitol.
    • The children’s party wreaked havoc on the restaurant.


    Was the sentence about the dog in the video (which I didn't watch)?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can "through" be replaced with "in" or "across" as a preposition"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The two written examples on that page are:


    • Trump’s supporters wreaked havoc in the Capitol.
    • The children’s party wreaked havoc on the restaurant.


    Was the sentence about the dog in the video (which I didn't watch)?
    Yes

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    Re: Can "through" be replaced with "in" or "across" as a preposition"?

    Listen to the video again. Does the speaker perhaps say throughout?
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    Re: Can "through" be replaced with "in" or "across" as a preposition"?

    To save members time, the exact sentence from the quiz is this:

    Our new puppy has wreaked havoc through the house - it's a real mess!

    The preposition through shows that the mess is in several different places in the house and not just one room.

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