When should I use throughout the years and over the years? This is my sentence: "Use of migraine drugs remained constant throughout the years" What I want to say is that the use of migraine drugs is actually the same year to year.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a writing advice request. This is clear from comments. – MetaEd Oct 15 '15 at 17:32

It's always seemed to me that "throughout the years" implied persistence or a sense of static: "Throughout the years, he kept searching but never found her."

"Over the years" seems to me to imply a slow change: "Over the years, he grew pessimistic about finding her and eventually gave up the search."

  • Thanks! Would you recommend "throughout the years" or "through the years" in my particular example? – Chris Oct 15 '15 at 17:20
  • "Throughout the years", since it's remained constant/static – Bob Stout Oct 15 '15 at 20:36

I think you answer your own question. Neither of the options you are querying says what you seem to want to say (according to your final sentence) -

"The use of migraine drugs has remained constant since (the date they were introduced)"

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