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    #1

    Backwards Movement, Movement Backwards

    Are both the phrases below correct?
    Is there any difference?

    1) The movement backwards of an object from its original position
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    2) The backwards movement of an object from its original position

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    Re: Backwards Movement, Movement Backwards

    I prefer backward to backwards. Backward is the adjective and backwards is the adverb.

    Apart from that I think they are both correct, but my ear has a strong preference for 2.

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    Re: Backwards Movement, Movement Backwards

    Backward and backwards are both adverbs according to

    Backwards | Define Backwards at Dictionary.com

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    Re: Backwards Movement, Movement Backwards

    movement backwards of ...

    Is 'backwards' used here an adjective or an adverb?

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    Re: Backwards Movement, Movement Backwards

    I spoke too hastily. On reflection it's easy to think of adverbial uses of backward. But is backwards ever an adjective? I still think not. At least I prefer not. Backward movement is the most natural and best to me.

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