Spelling of towards or toward


Which spelling of the word toward or towards in this sentence? What expenses are coded towards Employee Benefits?

asked Jun 07 '13 at 15:12 Shelba P. Thornberry New member

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This is a double-posting of this question; I'll repeat my reply again here.



First, the orginal posting is misusing the words toward/towards. Toward and towards imply movement. Thus they shouldn't be used when the sentence would be served by to or against.

Second, in American English the peferred form is toward; towards is prevalent in British English. Additionally, several international-journal guides suggest that toward is the internationally accepted form , and to delete "s" in -ward words: toward, northward, etc...

( see "Garner's Modern American Usage" 3rd Edition, pp. 819)


Thus you can choose to change the sentence from 

"What expenses are coded towards Employee Benefits?"


"What expenses are coded to Employee Benefits?"


"What expenses are coded against Employee Benefits?"

link comment edited Jun 07 '13 at 19:24 Erik Noble New member

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