backward vs backwards : Common Errors in English

About backward vs backwards

As an adverb, either word will do: “put the shirt on backward” or “putthe shirt on backwards.” However, as an adjective, only “backward” willdo: “a backward glance.” When in doubt, use “backward.”

backward Meaning(s)

  • (a) directed or facing toward the back or rear
  • (a) (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
  • (s) retarded in intellectual development
  • (s) having made less than normal progress
  • (r) at or to or toward the back or rear
  • (r) in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
  • (r) in or to or toward a past time

backwards Meaning(s)

  • (r) at or to or toward the back or rear
  • (r) in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

backward in News

  1. Woman nearly runs over dog trainers in Calif.

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Police in a Northern California city believe a 93-year-old woman mistakenly put her car in reverse before she barreled backward down a sidewalk, narrowly missing two people training a guide dog for the blind.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Progress? Feh!

    Our thesis today is that under certain circumstances the very notion of progress -- bulwark of our economic system, driver of our social behavior -- is flawed. At a certain point, that is, progress does not move us forward; it moves us backward.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN Money

  3. Children injured when pickup rolls backward

    Two Rock Springs area children were injured when they were attempting to get into a pickup truck that accidentally rolled backward Monday afternoon.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reedsburg Times-Press

backwards in News

  1. For Ravenna, Annevar big deal, big fun

    KEARNEY — Annevar may be Ravenna spelled backwards, but there’s nothing turned around about the annual celebration this weekend.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Kearney Hub

  2. Guide Dog Saves Two Trainers From Runaway Car [Video]

    San Rafael, CA — An alert guide dog saved two people on Monday from being run over by a runaway car going backwards on the sidewalk. The man and woman were instructors for Guide Dogs for the Blind who were taking a mid-morning stroll with O’Neil, a yellow Lab, wen they were nearly run over [...] Guide Dog Saves Two Trainers From Runaway Car [Video] is a post from: The Inquisitr
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

  3. Guide dog saves man and woman from swerving vehicle (VIDEO)

    An alert guide dog saved two California men on Monday from an out of control vehicle that was swerving backwards down a public sidewalk at high speeds. Todd Jurek and Danielle Alvarado are both employees of Guide Dogs for the Blind, a company that trains service dogs to assist visually impaired individuals. They were taking [...]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Sideshow via Yahoo! News

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