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    Default toward vs towards





    Once they made it to the pipe, fighters ran toward the group. Gadhafi's guard threw a grenade at them.

    "I ran towards my father, but he didn't answer when I asked him if he was okay," Dhao told Human Rights Watch.


    Source:Rights group recounts Gadhafi's last bloody moments, calls for justice - CNN.com


    If I am not mistaken, we could use either toward or towards. According to dictionary, 's' that being attached to toward doesn’t make a big difference.



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    Default Re: toward vs towards

    There is no difference in meaning and both forms are common.
    I have the feeling that I say "towards" more often, and the extensive research that I've done in the last two minutes tells me that "towards" is slightly more common in BrE, with "toward" being favoured in the US.

    not a teacher

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    The BNC has 1,153 citations for toward, and over 27,000 for towards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The BNC has 1,153 citations for toward, and over 27,000 for towards.
    I should have put another couple of minutes into the research.

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    Default Re: toward vs towards

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello,

    You may be interested in the advice of Mr. Bryan A. Garner, whose A Dictionary of Modern American Usage is used as a

    guide by many Americans:

    "In Am[erican]E[nglish], the preferred form is toward; towards is prevalent in Br[itish]E[nglish]."

    He also reminds us to pronounce it as "tord" -- not as "twahrd." (According to Mr. Garner, "tord" is the preferred

    pronunciation of the "upper classes," while "twahrd" may be more common among people who are lower on the "social

    ladder.")


    James

    P.S. I am very low on the social ladder, so I used to pronounce it as "twahrd." After reading his book, I now pronounce it like

    my social betters.

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    Default Re: toward vs towards

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    P.S. I am very low on the social ladder, so I used to pronounce it as "twahrd." After reading his book, I now pronounce it like
    my social betters.
    Did you start you crusade upwards properly, with "The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain?"
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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