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  1. MissRis

    MissRis Contributing Member

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    Toward or towards?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by MissRis, May 12, 2012.

    I keep coming to this in my story. "I walked toward..." I'm reviewing my work and I keep finding that I have written "towards." Which is it? Is it simply a matter of casual versus formal writing?
     
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Google toward vs towards, and you'll find good coverage of this issue. There are also prior threads on it here.
     
  3. C.B Harrington

    C.B Harrington Member

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    Either is fine, it's like spelling color colour. Just depends on what form of English you're using.

    However, I generally use towards with gerunds and toward with past tense.

    I jumped toward her.
    I was jumping towards her.

    Just something I noticed I do.
     
  4. killbill

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    I am not surprise you are from Canada. Only US English seems to use "toward".
     
  5. digitig

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    Although if you look at the ngram curves on grammarist (which you'll find if you follow Cog's advice) it looks as if non-US usage might be starting to switch over too, about a century later than US usage did.
     

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