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    Smile The first step to/toward managing your money

    The first step toward/to managing your money is finding out where it goes.



    Which prep. work with the above utterance better, toward or to, and why? Thanks.


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    Re: The first step to/toward managing your money

    I would use toward[s].

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    Re: The first step to/toward managing your money

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I would use toward[s].
    Thanks, Anglika.
    But I can't figure out why to doesn't work with the base sentence.
    Could you explain in a few words the reason?

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    Re: The first step to/toward managing your money

    Towards and step both are indicative of motion.

    To indicates action.

    Wholeman

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    Re: The first step to/toward managing your money

    Quote Originally Posted by Wholeman View Post
    Towards and step both are indicative of motion.

    To indicates action.

    Wholeman
    Thanks, Wholeman, for the inspirational reply.
    But I'm still in doubt--what is the semantic difference between motion and action?

    Do you mean to indicates direction?

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    Re: The first step to/toward managing your money

    I can take your lunch money. This is an action.

    I reach out and seize your lunch money. This is a motion.



    Wholeman

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    Re: The first step to/toward managing your money

    Quote Originally Posted by Wholeman View Post
    I can take your lunch money. This is an action.

    I reach out and seize your lunch money. This is a motion.



    Wholeman
    Thanks, Wholeman, for the distinctive reply.
    In our culture, we don't distinguish these two words, so it's really hard for me to understand the first sample of yours. I think we call it "behavior," but I presume it's not a behavior to you in that context, right?
    In the interest of truth, would you give a few more of samples of action? Thanks.

    P.S. What is the semantic difference between motion and movement?

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    Re: The first step to/toward managing your money

    Actually, I'm trying to explain it in terms not generally used in grammar, so that you can use the different ways of explanation as an aide to understanding the concepts.

    So many 'teachers' only use the, forms of verb, adverb, noun, pronoun, and so forth that I feel some of the nuances are misunderstood. My intent is more towards helping you get a 'feel' for the language.

    Having said that, here's the dictionary:

    towards - preposition, meaning 1) In the direction of: driving toward home. & 6) By way of achieving; with a view to: efforts toward peace.

    to - preposition, meaning 3) Toward a given state: helping minority women to economic equality.

    In the sentence, having made a 'step', which is normally the action of a foot moving in a specific direction.

    You are describing a portion of the journey and not the destination.

    Whereas the word 'to' is describing the destination.

    You wouldn't be incorrect using 'to' in the sentence but the use of towards is a better fit.

    Wholeman

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