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May I know which is correct?
A. He threw a stone towards a monkey.
B. He threw a stone to a monkey. Thanks.

edited Apr 21 '12 at 16:02 May New member

Thanks for your reply. The meaning of 'He threw a stone at the monkey is as same as he threw a stone to the monkey?correct? Thanks.

MayApr 21 '12 at 16:23

Not really, May. The use of "at" in this case means that he intended to hit the monkey with the stone.

TolleyApr 21 '12 at 16:28

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Both are correct, but mean different things.

 

"He tossed a stone towards a monkey. Startled, the monkeys scattered and scampered into the trees."

 

To throw toward something is to throw in the general direction of that something. It does not mean that the monkey is the target. If you want to give more purpose to the throw, you might say "He threw a stone at a monkey." This makes the monkey the target.

 

"He threw a stone to a monkey. The monkey caught it and threw it back!" In this case, the monkey is the target, but the intent is different.

 

"I threw the rock at John, hoping that it would hit him."

"I threw the rock to John, hoping that he would catch it."

"I threw the rock toward John, not realizing he was standing there."

link comment answered Apr 21 '12 at 16:17 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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