Re: Toward? Towards?

Subject: Re: Toward? Towards?
From: Jo Baer <jbaer -at- mailbox1 -dot- tcfbank -dot- com>
To: David Chinell <dchinell -at- email -dot- msn -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 14:01:32 -0500

From "Dictionary of Problem Words and Expressions" by Harry Shaw:

Toward, towards. These words for "in the direction of," "approaching,"
and "with regard to" are interchangeable. Take your pick. However,
toward is one letter shorter and somewhat easier to pronounce. Always
lean toward the shorter, simpler word.

Fowler also says the two words have the same meaning, but that "toward"
is more common in American English, "towards" in British English.

Personally, I'd go with toward.

Jo Baer
Senior Technical Writer
TCF Financial Corporation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tell me what you need, and I'll
tell you how to get along without it.

David Chinell wrote:
> Listers:
> A) Press the tab out, toward the edge of the case.
> B) Press the tab out, towards the edge of the
> case.
> Which one? Both sound okay to my ears. Is there a
> rule for correct application?
> Bear

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