Go under/through an arch bridge

Johnny519

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I know we usually say 'go across a bridge'(if we walk on a bridge from one end to the other end), and if a boat or ship goes under a bridge, it is fine.

What about an ancient arch bridge, if there are arches and make the bridge looks like a curve, the bridge is not very high, it’s made of stones, probably 40 feet wide, if a boat goes under it, can we also use' goes through'?
 
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  • Johnny519

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    Mandarin
    It depends on the size of the boat, so you are saying it is not good to use 'go through' in this context?
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    If you use "go through" a bridge, Johnny, you are saying that the boat penetrated the bridge structure.

    Is that what you want to say?

    (It's not the same as going through the waterway beneath the bridge)
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I should have qualified my remarks that some bridges have spans than can be raised or turned to allow passage of watercraft too tall to pass beneath the structure.

    In that case, one might say "through the bridge," but certainly not if one is talking about a fixed structure.
     
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