Should I say

looking from the window


looking through the window

to describe the landscape that lies beyond the window?

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    The view from my window is wider than the view through my window (from my desk).
    – Davo
    Jun 8, 2017 at 14:28
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    You could look from an open window, but if you were looking through a window, that would usually imply looking through the glass [of a closed window]. Jun 8, 2017 at 14:31

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They're both acceptable.

Looking from puts more emphasis on the location of the looker, while looking through emphasizes that the looker and the thing they're looking at are on different sides of the window.


Both are adequate to describe the activity you mention. Neither carries more import than the other.


In my opinion, both would work but looking through the window makes the meaning very clear.

While from is used in this context by many, through really conveys the idea of looking through a medium, in this case the window's glass pane.

You can consider using looking outside the window as well. For instance,

"As I was looking outside the window, I saw a cat cross the street."

Results from Ngram for your reference-

From vs Through

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