Toward(s) or not towards.

“Toward” is the preferred form in the U.S. “Towards” is favored in the U.K.

“Upward” as an adverb is preferred in the U.S., “upwards” in the U.K.  As an adjective preceding a noun, only “upward” is acceptable.

“Forwards,” mercifully, does not exist.  Or, as one of my students once said, “fails to exist.”

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