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    "to" vs "toward"

    Hi there;
    I am wondering the difference between "to" and "toward". Can anybody tell it to me?

    I am going to school.
    I am going toward school.

    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: "to" vs "toward"

    Quote Originally Posted by kiralik_katil View Post
    Hi there;
    I am wondering the difference between "to" and "toward". Can anybody tell it to me?

    I am going to school.
    I am going toward school.

    Thanks in advance!

    I am going to school. -I'm going to go in the school. I moving in the direction of the school, and when I arrive at the school's location, I'm going inside.

    I am going toward school. - I'm moving in the direction of the school. - There's nothing implied here that says the speaker is going to go inside the school. The speaker could go inside the school, but using "toward" does not mean that specifically in the way that using "to" in "I'm going to school" means the speaker is going inside the school.

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    Re: "to" vs "toward"

    Quote Originally Posted by kiralik_katil View Post
    Hi there;
    I am wondering the difference between "to" and "toward". Can anybody tell it to me?

    I am going to school.
    The common meaning is 'I am attending a school.' = 'I am a student at a school.'
    It can also mean 'I am walking/driving toward a particular school and will enter the school. But we would usually say the following sentence.


    I am going to the school. This sentence has two meanings.
    1...I am walking/driving to the school now, and the school is my destination.
    2...I am a student at the school that we are talking about.



    I am going toward school. I don't think this sentence is often used, but it would have the meaning of the following sentence.


    I am going toward the school.
    I am walking/driving in the direction of the school, but I may not be planning to actually reach the school. If the school is my destination, I will say 'I am going to the school.'
    Thanks in advance!
    I realize that your question was about 'to" and "toward", but I gave a broader answer.

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