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Iryna
Please, explain me the difference between "toward" and "to"? Question also applies to words such as "backward/back" or "forward/ahead" etc. When I can use one or another variant? And could I replace one for another?
Jun 5, 2015 8:33 AM
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If we're talking about direction, then "backward/back" or "forward/ahead" are the same. However, there's a difference with "toward/to": to say, for example, that we're going toward Kiev means we're moving in the direction of Kiev (north, east, west, south) but we might finish our journey in a town between Kiev and where we started. To say we're going to Kiev means that it is our destination, and we won't stop traveling until we arrive in Kiev.
June 5, 2015
Hi, I think it's explain to me, not explain me. Or may be you could say that in slang, i m not sure, better ask a native.
June 11, 2015
Thank you for your replies)
June 5, 2015
In some contexts, you could use either 'towards' or 'to' ; however, 'towards' implies a gradual, possibly slower, movement to the end-point, without reaching it. 'He moved towards the door' : he moved in the direction of the door 'He moved to the door' : he went to the door 'I'm working towards achieving fluency in English' [I haven't got there yet, but I hope to do so at some time] 'This research will contribute towards my dissertation' / 'This research will contribute to my dissertation' : both are good.
June 5, 2015
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