Grammar Patterns

V towards/toward n

V towards/toward n

The 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 Object
    We are heading towards war.
V towards/toward n/-ing
 Verb grouptowards/towardnoun group/-ing clause
SubjectVerbprepositional Object
Britainwas leaningtowardsthe French view.
Weare racingtowardscomplete economic collapse.
Bernardworkedtowardsreversing these attitudes.
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

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