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    #1

    towards

    She walked towards the station.

    If 'towards' was replaced with 'for', would it still sound OK and make the same sense?

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    #2

    Re: towards

    No to both questions.

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    Re: towards

    Then what about this?

    This is the train for New York.

    I don't think it's possible to replace 'for' above with 'towards' as:

    This is the train towards New York.


    So why does 'walk towards [place]' work whereas 'walk for [place]' doesn't? And why does 'the train for [place]' work whereas 'the train towards [place]' doesn't?
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    #4

    Re: towards

    The question's moot for me.

    I catch the train to Blackpool then walk to work.

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    #5

    Re: towards

    I would use "for" when talking about a railway station platform or an airport gate:

    Which platform is it for Nottingham?
    Which gate do I need for the Chicago flight?

    If I talk about the actual form of transport, then I would use "to":

    Is this the train to Nottingham?
    Is this flight going to Chicago?

    I wouldn't use "towards" in either of those circumstances.

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    Re: towards

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    If I talk about the actual form of transport, then I would use "to":

    Is this the train to Nottingham?
    Is this flight going to Chicago?
    I could use 'for' or 'to' in those two, but I certainly would not use 'towards'.

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    Re: towards

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    I could use 'for' or 'to' in those two
    Then do you see the train to Nottingham, for example, as exactly the same as the train for Nottingham?

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    Re: towards

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    Then do you see the train to Nottingham, for example, as exactly the same as the train for Nottingham?
    Yes, for all practical purposes.

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    #9

    Re: towards

    I've heard that 'the train to X' has a stronger implication of directness to the destination.

    Would you disagree?

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    Re: towards

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    I've heard that 'the train to X' has a stronger implication of directness to the destination.
    Would you disagree?
    Having already said that, for all practical purposes, they are exactly the same, yes.

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