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Though, tough, through, thought, thorough
These five words are often confused, misspelt and mispronounced. We advise to study them one by one and then do a series of exercises for practice.
though /ðəʊ/ — in spite of, despite the fact that, although
Steven went to work, though he didn’t feel very well.
Sonia failed to get the job, though she answered all questions at the interview.
Even though the weather was cold, we enjoyed the holiday.
tough /tʌf/ — hard, difficult, severe
I’ve had a tough day, I’m exhausted.
The measures were tough but absolutely necessary.
through /θruː/ — from one side to the other; with the help of, by means of
The glass was so dusty that I couldn’t see through it.
The river flows through the city.
Data will be gathered through various indicators rather than through questionnaires.
thought /θɔːt/ — idea; past forms of the verb "to think"
What are your thoughts on the subject?
My thoughts started to wander and I fell asleep.
That’s a good offer, give it some thought.
Sorry, I haven't thought about it.
thorough /ˈθʌrə/ — careful, detailed, in-depth
This carpet needs a thorough cleansing.
We’ll give our recommendations after a thorough analysis of the subject.