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Is "throughout" used properly in the following, witht the meaning that they searched every part of the area? Is not, could you explain why it's not okay?

Police searched the area throughout.

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This may be understood three ways:

  • Throughout may be used as an adverb, modifying "searched".

  • "Police searched throughout the area." Here, "throughout," serves as a preposition. Inverted or changed word order is not uncommon in English, perhaps for emphasis. "Yes, that's the store I sent him to."

  • It is not uncommon in casual English to omit parts of a phrase, where it is clearly understood. For example, in the sentence, "Go!" the subject, "you," is omitted, though by certain grammatical rules, every sentence has a subject. This is called conversational deletion and ellipsis.

    Police searched the area throughout [the building]. In the context of the story, "the building," or perhaps, "the district," is understood.

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  • Are you a native speaker of English?
    – Apollyon
    Aug 7, 2021 at 2:42
  • @Apollyon, Ναι, είμαι φυσικός ομιλητής Αγγλικών. Aug 8, 2021 at 1:22
  • In Go! the subject is omitted because it is an imperative verb form....
    – Lambie
    Dec 1, 2021 at 15:12
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Your sentence is absolutely correct. Here are a few more examples from the dictionary:

They painted the house throughout.

The house is carpeted throughout.

In these sentences, "throughout" is an adverb. There's no need to say anything after that word.

They searched the area throughout = They searched the whole area.

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