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Write the Right Word: Drop the ‘S’

When using words indicating direction such as “toward,” “forward” and “upward,” you don’t need to tack an “s” on the end.

That’s according to the Association Press Stylebook, which we follow in Ag Communication.

Here are some examples:

  • “The line moved forward a few inches at a time.”
  • “The cattle ran toward the fence.”
  • “The monthly report indicates an upward trend in sales.”

“Afterward,” which means at a later time, subsequently or thereafter, also should not have an “s” at the end, the AP Stylebook says. For instance, “The fire happened while the homeowner was away, but he found out about it shortly afterward.”

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