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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  12/DEZ/2009 6:16 PM
Assunto:  'towards'
 
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Prepositions of Movement: to
and No Preposition
We use to in order to express movement toward a place.
 She's going to the dentist's office this morning.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/prepositions.htm
Toward and towards are also helpful prepositions to express movement. These are simply variant spellings of the same word; use whichever sounds better to you.
 This is a big step towards the project's completion.
With the words home, downtown, uptown, inside, outside, downstairs, upstairs, we use no preposition.
 Grandpa went home.
They both went outside.
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http://www.testden.com/toeic/grammar-prepositions.htm
The following prepositions show movement toward something:
 
To Used to show movement towards something He ran to school.   
Onto Used to show movement towards a surface He put his cup onto the table.   
Into used to show movement towards the interior of a volume He jumped into the pool. 


The preposition to also shows direction when used with verbs of motion: move, go, transfer, walk, run, swim, ride, drive, fly, or travel. The preposition toward can be used also with these verbs except transfer. To is used to show a specific location. Toward is used to only show a general location.
Examples
Drive to the house.
Drive toward the house.
Correct: He will transfer to another bus.
Incorrect: He will transfer toward another bus.
(Transfer means to go from one place to another, specific, place so toward cannot be used.)
Another use of to is to show a goal that will be reached. For a physical place, the form is to plus a noun: to work, to school, to the library. For a purpose or reason, the form is to plus the infinitive of a verb: to go, to get, to reach.
Examples
Every morning she goes to work.
He washed his car to get rid of the mud.


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'towards'  –  student  11/DEZ/2009, 4:10 PM
'towards'  –  also student  11/DEZ/2009, 5:19 PM
'towards'  –  PPAULO  11/DEZ/2009, 5:40 PM
'towards'  –  PPAULO  11/DEZ/2009, 5:47 PM
'towards'  –  Chestnuts  11/DEZ/2009, 5:56 PM
'towards'  –  PPAULO  11/DEZ/2009, 6:58 PM
'towards'  –  Fran  11/DEZ/2009, 7:39 PM
'towards'  –  Márcio Farias  12/DEZ/2009, 4:27 PM
'towards'  –  PPAULO  12/DEZ/2009, 6:15 PM
 'towards'  –  PPAULO  12/DEZ/2009, 6:16 PM
'towards'  –  Márcio Farias  12/DEZ/2009, 8:39 PM
'towards'  –  PPAULO  13/DEZ/2009, 12:28 AM

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