Grammar Issues: "Towards" and "In Regard"

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  1. Chuck C

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    What is the proper use of "towards"? when would you use "toward"?

    How about "In regard to"? Does the phrase "In regards to (added "s") exist?

    My guess is that you would pluralize these words if the subject is plural...am I right?
     
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    Chuck C wrote (post #1):


    No. Some of these forms are actually old genitives ("possessives") (e.g., nowadays?).


    The comments at the provided link about "interchangeability" pretty much demonstrate that these "errors" are mostly just dialectal variations (which means an original "error" becomes current and widely used and acceptable in a subgroup or -groups of a given native-speaker community). Deciding which variant is "correct" is as often as not a matter of context-bound "social appropriateness".

    By the way, where does your signature "Carpe dentum - seize the teeth" come from? The translation is wrong and the original Latin makes no sense. ('teeth' would be dentes.) On carpere, see post #90
    of the "Sayings or statements that don't make sense"-thread.
     
  4. Scott_MacD

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    "Carpe dentum - seize the teeth" - It's a Mrs. Doubtfire quote. [​IMG]
     
  5. Chuck C

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    ooo, great stuff Ken, thanks
     
  6. andrew markworthy

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    Chuck, with the greatest of respect, I'd attend to punctuation before worrying about 'towards' v 'toward' (the 'when' should have a capital letter).

    However, to answer your question: 'towards' is far commoner in British English and accordingly is the correct form. [​IMG]
     
  7. Chuck C

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    punctuation on a forum? sheesh!
     

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