push/make one's way through/around/to...

Gabriel Malheiros

Senior Member
Portuguese - Brazil
Hi, there

I would like to know what's the difference between using just a phrasal verb and using the expression "one's way around/to/through, etc". For example, what's the difference between saying

"I was making my way to the store when I was robbed" or " I was headed/going to the store when I was robbed"
"He pushed/worked his way through the crowd" or "He pushed through the crowd"

Thank you
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    "Making my way to" is just a more colorful phrase than "going to".

    And adding "his way" does not change the meaning of "pushed through the crowd".

    But worked your way through the crowd implies you had to change directions many times: you could not just push through.
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