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toward and towards


jbradfor

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I don't see why I think I can learn a foreign language. I can't even learn my native one correctly.

I've always thought that "towards" is correct, and "toward" is wrong. Until I was proof reading a short note, replaced the "toward" with "towards", and sent it back. When asked what's wrong with "toward", I replied that "toward" is wrong and one should always use "towards". "Really?" "Yes, really", so I brought out my Merriam-Webster English Usage as proof.

So imagine my horror to learn that both are equally correct.

And, even worse, "toward" is more common in American-English.

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Really??? huh, I guess now that I think about it, I say them and both sound correct. Maybe I've been using them both in different contexts without realising it.

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