5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Toward? or Towards?


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Welcome back for another 5 Minute Grammar Lesson! Today’s topic is Toward or Towards? Which is right? Does it really matter?!

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5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Toward? or Towards?

Today’s topic is actually pretty short, you guys. Best I can tell, both toward and towards are correct. The difference simply depends on where you’re from.

Are you American?

If so, TOWARD is the preferred version and TOWARDS is technically counted as incorrect in formal writing. I should remember this when I write blog posts, because until I just researched this topic for my post, I honestly didn’t know the difference.

Are you Canadian?

Then, TOWARD is also your preferred version.

Maybe you’re British or Australian?

In your case, the preferred version is TOWARDS and it probably really grates on your nerves to see Americans moving toward anything.

And that’s really all I have to say about that topic. 🙂 Do you have anything to add? 

5 minute grammar lesson. Toward or towards

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  1. Thank you for the lessons. Most of us need to refresh or learn for the first time proper grammar. I applaud you for caring enough about your blog posts to check grammar…..it is appalling how poor so many bloggers write and some are teachers! Maybe you will start a ‘trend’.

  2. Oh dear; no wonder I’m confused and nothing looks right to me…a Canadian in the UK!
    Good to know I’m okay either way!

  3. I’m happy I’ve stumbled on your post.
    I’m writing novel that takes place in UK. So every information on difference between American English and British English is very useful for me.