Common mistake throws (throes)

Common Mistakes: Throws vs. Throes

English can be a tricky language, and even the most seasoned grammar enthusiasts can make mistakes. One such mistake involves the confusion between the words "throws" and "throes." While they may sound similar, they have very different meanings.


The word "throws" is the third person singular form of the verb "throw." It is used to describe the action of propelling something through the air with force. For example:

  • He throws the ball to his friend.
  • She throws the paper into the bin.
  • They throw rocks into the lake.


The word "throes," on the other hand, is a noun that refers to a state of intense or violent pain, struggle, or turmoil. It is often used to describe a difficult or agonizing situation. For example:

  • The country was in the throes of a political crisis.
  • He was in the throes of a mid-life crisis.
  • The economy is in the throes of a recession.

As you can see, "throws" and "throes" have distinct meanings and should not be used interchangeably.

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throws (throes) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    He was in the final throws of death.

    He was in the final throes of death.

  • Incorrect:
    The country is still in the throws of a major crisis.

    The country is still in the throes of a major crisis.

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