Commonly Confused Word Pairs: Toward/towards

November 9, 2006: Issue 164

“Toward” and “towards” mean the same thing, but “toward” is the preferred spelling.
acceptable: She moved steadily towards her goal weight.
preferred: She moved steadily toward her goal weight.

Other words that can do without extra letters include “amid” (not “amidst”) and among (not “amongst”).

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