Toward or Towards | Difference & Example Sentences
Toward and towards are prepositions that can be used to mean ‘in the direction of’, ‘in relation to’, or ‘in contribution to’. While the words are used interchangeably, there is some regional preference:
UK English, ‘towards’ (with an ‘s’) is more commonly used. In
US English, ‘toward’ (without an ‘s’) is more commonly used.
Examples: ‘Toward(s)’ in a sentenceThe river runs toward(s) the sea.
Natasha has a positive attitude
This essay will count
toward(s) your final grade.
toward(s) the relief fund.
Note Toward is still acceptable in UK English, just less common, and the same goes for towards in US English.
However, some style guides have specific rules about which you should use. Both AP style and
Chicago style favor toward (without an “s”).
‘Work toward’ or ‘work towards’
Work toward(s) is a phrase meaning ‘try to achieve’. It means the same whether written with or without the ‘s’.
Examples: ‘Work toward(s)’ in a sentenceAkira is working toward(s) becoming a lawyer.
To end this conflict, both parties need to come together and
work toward(s) peace. ‘Leaning toward’ or ‘leaning towards’
Leaning toward(s) is an expression meaning ‘inclined to one view or position rather than another’. It can be written either with or without the ‘s’.
Examples: ‘Leaning toward(s)’ in a sentenceI’m leaning toward(s) saving my money rather than investing it.
Candice is now
leaning toward(s) going to Italy for her holiday.
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