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Write the Right Word: Forward, Backward, Toward

Words such as “forward,” “backward” and “toward” that indicate direction do not need an “s” at the end.

For example, you would say: “The cars inched forward slowly.” Or this: “We moved toward the front of the theater.”

However, words such as “beside” may take an “s,” depending on usage.

“Beside” means at the side of or next to something or someone. For instance: “We stood beside the man wearing a cowboy hat.”

“Besides” means in addition to or furthermore. For example: “What are you studying besides algebra?” Or this: “I don’t want to take vacation now because I’m too busy; besides, I can’t afford it.”

Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391

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