He panicked and went through the nearest door.

Is it considered acceptable to write "went through the nearest door" to avoid taking the tension and flow out of the story by describing that he opens the door and then enters?

  • Yes that works. – Aidan Jan 7 at 13:14
  • Yes, in the same way that you say "drink from the cup" and not the belaboured "pick up the cup and drink from it", and also "put the kettle on" and not "filled the kettle with water and switched on the electricity". – Weather Vane Jan 7 at 13:37
  • It is acceptable but not particularly descriptive prose. Other verbs are more impactful, such as ran, sped, fled, and so on. Depending on your context, you might receive negative feedback for that reason. – FeliniusRex Jan 7 at 13:51
  • @FeliniusRex yeah a more specific verb might be better. I'd also say that (for British English at least) went through can imply colliding with something and passing through it. If you're talking about where someone went, the route they took, then she went through that door sounds normal. If you're just talking about someone passing through a door, and the verb you use to describe that action is went, it can sound like crashing through. He went through a glass door sounds like a terrible accident! – cactustictacs Jan 7 at 20:28

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