Grammar Patterns

V n towards/toward n

V n towards/toward n

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of towards or toward and a noun group. Toward is used in American English, and towards in British English. With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. The passive pattern is be V-ed towards/toward nThis pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Object and Adjunct
    She is now directing her talents towards music.
Active voice: V n towards/toward n/-ing
 Verb groupnoun grouptowards/towardnoun group/-ing clause
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct
The governmentwould contribute$5 milliontowardits construction.
Weshould directour energiestowardshelping people.
Passive voice: be V-ed towards/toward n/-ing
 Verb grouptowards/towardnoun group/-ing clause
SubjectVerbAdjunct
Weare drawntowardsa life of simplicity.
The savingswere puttowardsreducing the deficit.
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'direct' groupThe 'push' groupThe 'contribute' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure information

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