Writing Tip: Toward vs. Towards

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Have you ever been stumped as to whether you should use “toward” or “towards” when writing?  If so, you are not alone.  Both choices sound good, but which is the correct choice?  The answer is that both “toward” and “towards” are correct choices.  They mean the same thing, and you can use them interchangeably. 

If “toward” and “towards” are both correct, is one better than the other?  That really depends on personal preference.  You should keep in mind, however, that “towards” is the preferred choice in the United Kingdom, so if you are writing for such an audience, choose the option with the “s” at the end.  Here’s an example:

Thomas strolled towards the crowded pub.

If you are writing for an American audience, “toward” is more common.  For example:

Tom walked toward the busy bar.

Again, there is no real right or wrong answer in the “toward” and “towards” argument, but if you have to choose one, keep your audience and their location in mind.  You also have the option of choosing the word that sounds the best or most natural to you.  Some say that using “towards” sounds more eloquent than “toward.”  Regardless of your choice, it’s good to know that you really can’t go wrong either way.

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