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Toward or towards – what would a native speaker use?

Consider the following examples:

Fighting towards anti corruption.

I am going toward north.

I am going towards north.

Which one is grammatical? And what's the difference?

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    No need to shout. – Matt E. Эллен Jul 16 '12 at 7:35
  • Regardless of whether it's 'toward' or 'towards', 'north' would normally be preceded by 'the', unless the context were purely navigational. Alternatively, you can say 'northwards'. – Barrie England Jul 16 '12 at 8:58

According to Wiktionary, there is no difference, at least not grammatically.

Although some have tried to discern a semantic distinction between the words toward and towards, the difference is merely dialectal. Towards is the most common form, while toward tends to appear only in American English.

That said, I would urge people to avoid the word, as it is easily misused, especially by non-native speakers.

Usually, there are clearer ways of expressing the sentiment. For example:

  1. (As mentioned above) I am headed northwards
  2. [We are] fighting against corruption, or fighting for a world without corruption

I cannot think of a sentence where "toward[s]" is a better choice of word.

  • @RegDwightBBB: Good catch :) – user208769 Jul 16 '12 at 9:51

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