Q: "The sale goes on [...] the 16th."

a. through (correct)

b. toward

c. into

d. for

I really don't understand why through is the answer.

Context note: This is a practice question from TOEIC.

  • Even with the word through, it does not make any sense.
    – Tristan
    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:38

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ODO on through sense 4:

[preposition] North American up to and including (a particular point in an ordered sequence):
they will be in London from March 24 through May 7

None of the others make sense at all [although this use of through is not used in British English].

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    @TimLymington I would understand The sale is on for the 16th to mean that it is only on on the 16th.
    – TrevorD
    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:16
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    As @AndrewLeach says, through is not used in this sense in BrE, and I think many Brits would not understand it. Hence, it hardly seems appropriate for 'International English'! One could say "goes on until", altho' "is on until" would be more common in BrE.
    – TrevorD
    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:20
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    @TrevorD It's not the TOIE. What about International Communication with AmE speakers? (I'm pratciting up for my TOEIN - Test of English for International Nitpickping, of course.)
    – hunter2
    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:54
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    I'm shocked that this isn't used in British English. It never occurred to me that this isn't ubiquitous.
    – Daniel
    Jul 30, 2013 at 16:04
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    There's a difference between "through" and "until" in AmE. "Through" means the time period is inclusive: that is, the sale is still on on the 16th. "Until" is ambiguous. Jul 31, 2013 at 1:20

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