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tōng guò
v./prep. pass through; through, by
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通过 and 经过 are different.
- 通过 indicates the medium through which a result or an objective is achieved. This medium can be an activity, someone or something.
- 经过 is followed by a process, which leads to a result or a change.
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通过 and 以 can both mean "by means of". They are interchangeable in this structure: 以...的方式 = 通过...的方式
通过 is, however, more independent; in the structure above, you can omit "的方式". When we use 以, we need to add "的方式".
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