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Onward vs Onwards [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Toward” or “towards”? Which is the correct usage? "Onwards" or "Onward" ? For example: I would be free any time Tuesday onward. vs I would be ...
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Toward or towards in this sentence [duplicate]

Which of these sentences sounds correct? These dynamics are used to explain the convergence toward an equilibrium state. These dynamics are used to explain the convergence towards an equilibrium ...
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What is the difference between "toward" and "towards"? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Afterward versus afterwards -- which, and/or when?

So, I've noticed over time that I see both "afterward" and "afterwards" at different times. Having a pet peeve (though I'm not certain it's actually a well-founded prejudice, lexicographically ...
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"Toward" or "towards" – what would a native speaker use?

In this question we learn that toward and towards are interchangeable, but that the former is somewhat more typical of U.S. English and the latter of British English, although there is some indication ...
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"Backward" versus "backwards" -- is there any difference?

The dictionaries I've looked in don't distinguish between these two words, backward and backwards (at least when used as adverbs). Is there some real historical, grammatical or regional difference ...
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Please explain the: upwards vs upward difference [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: “Backward” versus “backwards” — is there any difference? Afterward versus afterwards — which, and/or when? I have seen both used ...
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"contribution {to|toward|towards} ‹gerund phrase›" in AmE in a non-monetary sense

I would like to understand which preposition to use with "contribution" when it is used in a non-monetary sense in American English in the case when the preposition is followed by a gerund phrase. My ...
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What preposition goes after “directed”? [closed]

Is there a comprehensive explanation of which prepositions I should use with directed, and why? directed at directed to directed on directed onto directed in directed into directed toward directed ...
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"specify" or "specifies"? [duplicate]

I have seen both "(Something) requires that one specify how.." and "(Something) requires that one specifies how.." used in various contexts. Which is grammatically correct? My sense is that the former ...
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Pluralization: backward and backwards in context

Unless I'm using "backward" and "backwards" wrong, I can pluralize it when the subject is not plural and vice versa. For example, correct me if I'm wrong: One movie. If you watch your favourite ...
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