ENGLISHMiscellaneous English Grammar

To & Towards

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1. TO is used for destinations
2. TOWARDS is used to show direction

COMPARE
a) Karun is going to the station.
b) Karun is going towards the station.

[In sentence ‘i’ we mean that Karun will go to the station itself, whereas in sentence ‘ii’ we do not know where Karun is going, the station itself or anywhere else.]

INCORRECT: You can walk towards the bus stand in ten minutes.
CORRECT: You can walk to the bus stand in ten minutes.

INCORRECT: I went towards her and started talking.
CORRECT: I went to her and started talking.

INCORRECT: He leaned to his wife and said, “Can we go home soon?”
CORRECT: He leaned towards his wife and said, “Can we go home soon?”

INCORRECT: The country seems to be drifting to war.
CORRECT: The country seems to be drifting towards war.

NOTE-I: TOWARDS and TOWARD are the same thing, TOWARDS is used in British English, but TOWARD is used in the American English. In exams British English is taken as correct, so we must not use the word TOWARD.

NOTE-II: Some verbs take FOR (not TO) for showing a destination; e.g.

INCORRECT: I’m following to the bus stop.
CORRECT: I’m following for the bus stand.

INCORRECT: This train is to Patna only.
CORRECT: This train is for Patna only.

INCORRECT: They were running to the bus.
CORRECT: They were running for the bus.

NOTE-III: With the verb HEAD we can use either of TOWARDS and FOR; e.g.

They were heading towards the police station.
= They were heading for the police station.

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