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what's the difference between "to" and "towards"?
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You've got very good questions!

The word to (as in, to a destination) is a very general term and says nothing about the actual direction or the state of motion. It merely states that, whichever road you take or means you use, you'll eventually arrive at a specific destination.

The word toward specifies plainly the direction you are going and often implies motion in that direction, but not necessarily the destination.

If you are in Nanchang and want to go to Beijing, the destiniation is known (Beijing), but there is no indication of which road you will take. Perhaps by way of Hong Kong; perhaps by way of Shanghai.

If you are in Nanchang and plan to go toward Beijing, what is your destination? Xuzhou? Beijing? Zhangjiakou?

Clearer?

C
Got it! by the way ,you are likely very knowledgeable about my country.Can you speak chinese language?If so ,I'm really very lucky.

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Hly2004Got it! by the way ,you are likely very knowledgeable about my country.Can you speak chinese language?If so ,I'm really very lucky.

A 中国通, you say. Well thank you. I can speak and write a little bit of Chinese. I'm currently looking over my German and Russian stuff again, but I usually make the circuit through the classical languages and back again to Japanese and Chinese (no Korean). When I do, I'd love to discuss 中文的语法 with you.

Let me know which instant messengers you use and what your email address is.

C
Actually ,my chinese may not be as good as a chinese teacher's,But I 'm always ready to answer your questioins all about my country and spoken chinese.

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The easy way to understand 'toward'...

'Toward' is a direction (like North, South, East and West).

Open a street map and do some 'finger walking'. Start 'walking' North, South, East & West around the map, then find a famous place on the other side of the map. Walk toward the place you found and stop half-way.

'Toward' is very useful for giving directions. "Turn right on Main Street and walk toward the University for three blocks..."

I hope that's easy for everyone to understand (It works well in my classes)

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thanks!

I completely understand their meanings now!;-)

towards is used to indicate a direction ( eg: go towards ,backwards,northwards...)

while,to is used to explain the destination (eg :go to the park)
Yep, looks like you got it Hly Emotion: smile

You need to move toward something... ("Drive toward Kyoto for about 10km and you'll see it on the right" "Walk toward the school and turn left at the third corner").

As crux said, toward implies motion (walk/drive/run/fly toward) and direction, but never destination. If the directions say to go toward the school, there will be further information later saying what to do before you reach the school... ("Drive toward Kyoto for about 10km and you'll see it on the right" "Walk toward the school and turn left at the third corner").

That pretty much covers it, I think...
Thank you.
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