'Towards' is mainly a preposition and in the old times, it was also an adjective. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.
'Towards' as an Preposition
As stated above, 'towards' is mostly a preposition in sentences. Below, we are going to learn all about the different kinds of prepositions it can be:
'Towards' as a Preposition of Movement and Direction
One of the main functions of 'towards' is to be a preposition of movement and direction. Look at the following list:
- When we want to show movement in the direction of a specific person/thing, we use 'towards':
The three mysterious girls ambled
All of my students are headed
- When someone is getting closer to gaining something, 'towards' is used:
The committee was formed
Learning any kind of art will help you
'Towards' as a Preposition of Time
Interestingly, we can use 'towards' as an adverb of time to show time. When we want to indicate that we are approaching a particular point in time and that we are getting closer to it, we use 'towards':
All applicants must've emailed their application forms
I suggest you start your projects
'Towards' as a Preposition of Manner
We can also use 'towards' as a preposition of manner. When we want to show how something/someone was or behaved in relation to another, we use 'towards'. Look:
I still cannot get over how she was so kind and loving
Most people enjoy seeing someone being careful
Position in a Sentence
As you know, prepositions mainly come before nouns and noun phrases to modify them. We can have a prepositional phrase with 'towards' either at the beginning or at the end of a sentence. Let us take a look at the following examples:
As you can see, the prepositional phrase is at the beginning of the sentence.
People normally love it when they see a kid being gentle
Please note that whenever the prepositional phrase comes at the beginning of the sentence, it must be followed by a comma.
'Towards' as an Adjective
In the old times, 'toward' which is another form of 'towards' was used as an adjective to show that something was going on. Look at the following examples:
What's all this mess? Is there something
Position in a Sentence
Since 'toward' as an adjective always comes after the verb, we can consider it a predicative adjective. However, we do not use it nowadays. Look at the following examples:
One of the children said that there is something weird
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