Should this be "throughout" or "through?"


When the 300 trumpets sounded, confusion swept throughout the camp.  

asked Aug 08 '13 at 13:34 Susan New member

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I was tempted to say that the difference is negligible so I'd choose the shorter word—but there may be enough of a difference that you will prefer one depending on your intent.


To me, there is a slight danger of imbuing 'confusion' with too much animation—as though it's a physical thing sweeping through the camp like fog, versus an effect that swept through the people in the camp. But the similarity to fog is appropriate enough, so most readers should be able to accept the sentence with either word.

link comment answered Aug 09 '13 at 18:12 Greg deJong Contributor

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