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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
"Toward" and "Towards"
Wednesday December 6th 2017
What is the difference between 'toward' and 'towards'? — Shiwani, India

"Toward" and "towards" are two variants of the same word meaning "in the direction of," "near," "with regard to" or to indicate the direction something is facing, so you can use either one.


Some people will say that "toward" is the one used in American English, and "towards" is the one used in British English, but both variants are fine to use. Below are some examples of how "toward" and "towards" are used.

  • The dog ran toward/towards me when I got home.
  • The windows face toward/towards the east.
  • As soon as we parked the car, the kids ran toward/towards the lake.
  • The donation will go toward/towards the charity of your choice.
  • He has a bad attitude toward/towards life.


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