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Autor:  PPAULO
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  12/DEZ/2009 6:16 PM
Assunto:  'towards'

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.
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.
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.
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.
Every morning she goes to work.
He washed his car to get rid of the mud.

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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
'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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