V towards/toward n
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'head' groupThe 'tend' groupThe 'strive' groupThe 'help' groupThe 'cool' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure information
V towards/toward nThe verb is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of towards or toward and a noun group. Toward is used mainly in American English, and towards in British English. With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.This pattern has one structure:
Verb with prepositional ObjectWe are heading towards war.
|Verb group||towards/toward||noun group/-ing clause|
|Britain||was leaning||towards||the French view.|
|We||are racing||towards||complete economic collapse.|
|Bernard||worked||towards||reversing these attitudes.|