Grammar-ease: Toward vs Towards

In regard to whether to use “toward” or “towards” it boils down to personal preference as the words have the same definitions.

When I see toward or towards in any manuscript (fiction or non-fiction), my belief is that it’s best to be consistent in usage. Pick one version, with or without the ‘s’, and stick with it.

It’s more common for ‘toward’ in American English and ‘towards’ for British English, if that helps you decide.


My personal preference is toward, but when editing, I let majority rule in a manuscript. Whichever version the author uses more often (if both are used) is the one that will be used throughout.

You might think the same is true for “forward” and “forwards” but it isn’t. The correct version here is always forward.

I hope your week is off to a good start and that you can move forward with ease toward your goals! (see what I did there?)

Lisa_2015Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with manufacturing, software, and technology businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

7 thoughts on “Grammar-ease: Toward vs Towards

  1. Great post, but I have to warn you that the difference between the US version (toward) and the British version (towards) can and will be corrected based on your publisher. I write for an American publisher and a Canadian publisher. They each consider only their spelling the correct one and there is no option in my world.

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