I only know "towards" and always use it before today: "move towards", etc. But today, I come across toward, after referring the dictionary, I find I can't differentiate them clearly. What is the difference between "toward" and "towards"? How can use them?


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OALD has: towards, also toward, especially AmE.

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    perhaps the OP (original poster) is unaware of what OALD stands for, not everyone is familiar with the acronyms used on this site. This also includes AmE.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 10, 2015 at 5:11
  • OALD - Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/…. BrE British English, AmE American English.
    – rogermue
    Jun 10, 2015 at 6:04
  • If it has both toward and towards, that doesn't answer the question.
    – Chenmunka
    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:37

Toward is a graphical variant of towards, meaning it is the same word which can be spelt in 2 different ways.

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    Graphical variant? I would take that to mean they are pronounced the same, but as far as I know that's never the case.
    – herisson
    May 11, 2015 at 3:51
  • Why would you assume the same pronunciation?
    – Sylverdrag
    May 11, 2015 at 4:02
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    Because "graphical variant" to me implies that the variance is solely graphical. If it's both a graphical and oral variant, I would expect it to just be called a "variant".
    – herisson
    May 11, 2015 at 4:04

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