|06-23-2013, 07:28 AM||#16|
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In British English, I believe the correct option is #1, as BrE prefers the s at the end of -ward words.
|06-23-2013, 08:33 AM||#17|
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I'm not so sure about that. To my British ear, both "he walked forwards" and "he walked forward" are fine, although they have subtly different meanings. I'm struggling to formulate a rule, though. I would always say:
"When his name was called, he walked forward to collect his prize".
because "walked forwards" sounds wrong in that context, although I can't say why it does .
On the other hand,
"While his friend walked backwards, he walked forwards"
sounds better to me (in that context) than "he walked forward".
Perhaps "forward" to indicate motion and "forwards" to indicate direction?
However, it would always be "He had a forward-looking attitude". "Forwards-looking" just sounds wrong.
Last edited by HarryT; 06-23-2013 at 08:40 AM.
|06-23-2013, 08:58 AM||#18|
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I agree with you that 3) reads/sounds best.
However, that doesn't negate the consistency rule. For each instance where there are two equally correct spellings (the meaning is unchanged by either), select the one that seems right to you, at least most of the time, and stick with it. In the case of "backward" vs. "backwards," for example, always use "backwards." On the other hand in the case of "toward" vs. "towards," always use "toward." Other than resolving the dilemma, I can think of at least one other rather mundane reason for maintaining consistency - to avoid nitpickers saying "oh there's a typo he didn't catch" when the "s" pops up when it wasn't there before.
|06-23-2013, 12:51 PM||#19|
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|06-27-2013, 02:20 PM||#20|
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Not certain that it's rigorous, and I doubt i ever learned it as a voiced rule, but it *seems* to be holding up as i think about it — for my subjective use, anyway.
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