When you use your hands to direct an object towards a specific area, you throw something.
- He's throwing a ball.
- He threw the ball down the field. (past tense)
- How far can you throw a ball?
- Has Abdi ever thrown an American football? (present perfect tense)
- Flowers were thrown onto the stage following the performance.
The word "throw" is also used when putting something into the garbage.
- Doris threw her old dress into the garbage.
- Throw those old apples away. They're rotten.
- Dan hasn't thrown away any of his old artwork. He keeps it in a big box.
- Please throw those boxes out. We don't need them.
You can use "throw" when hosting a party:
- Our neighbors threw a big party last week.
- The school threw a going-away party for one of the teachers who was moving to Russia.
- Ted threw an annniversary party for his parents who have been married for fifty years.
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This page was first published on November 15, 2012. It was updated on December 25, 2015.