Is there any difference in meaning between look through the window and look out of the window and look from the window? For example:

I often look though the window when it's raining.

I often look out of the window when it's raining.

I often look from the window when it's raining.

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It is possible that "look through the window" could mean from the outside looking in.

John stood outside the house, looking through the window at the people partying inside.

But in the context you give, the meaning is almost the same. I wouldn't use "from the window" unless you were saying "Looking from a 10th-floor window", which is really about "from the 10th floor".

  • What about 'look out the window'? I saw this expression in some novel. Is this informal?
    – Michael
    Jun 18, 2022 at 14:57
  • "look out the window" is a variant of "look out of the window" same meaning @Michael
    – James K
    Jun 18, 2022 at 15:01
  • I know they have the same meaning. The point is, "look out the window" sounds a bit weird in grammar, so I'm unsure whether it is informal or not.
    – Michael
    Jun 18, 2022 at 15:09
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    Just a variant. It uses the prepostion "out" instead of "out of", no real grammar problem, not particularly informal or formal. I don't see any particular need to change my answer.
    – James K
    Jun 19, 2022 at 9:33

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