How can I distinguish the using of both on a sentence? Please, can you give me an example of sentence that use both? Do both have similar meaning?


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通{かよ}う means "to commute" and it refers to the act of repeatedly going to and returning from a place. For example,

  • 学校に通う途中で (on my way to commute to a school)
  • 病院に通う (I'm seeing a doctor periodically.)

通{とお}る means "to pass" or "to go through" and you should picture some path (say road or tube) and something else moving along it. For example,

  • 高速道路を通って一時間 (it'll be one hour by highway)
  • 試験に通る (pass an exam)
  • ありがとう。It's very helpfull Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 11:11

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