Toward vs Afterward - What's the difference?
As a preposition toward
is in the direction of.
As an adjective toward
is (obsolete) future; to come.
As an adverb afterward is
(us) subsequently to some other action.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
) (mainly in American English
In the direction of.
*(Bible), (w) xxiv. 1
*:He set his face toward the wilderness.
*:Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
In relation to (someone or something).
*:His eye shall be evil toward his brother.
For the purpose of attaining (an aim).
Located close to; near (a time or place).
*(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
*:I am toward nine years older since I left you.
* Although some have tried to discern a semantic distinction between the words (term) and (towards), the difference is merely dialectal. (term) is more common in American English and (towards) is the predominant form in British English.
(obsolete) Future; to come.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.iv:
(dated) Approaching, coming near; impending; present, at hand.
- ere that wished day his beame disclosd, / He either enuying my toward good, / Or of himselfe to treason ill disposd / One day vnto me came in friendly mood [...].
* 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XV, ''Practical — Devotional
- Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward ?
Yielding, pliant; docile; ready or apt to learn; not froward.
(obsolete, or, archaic) Promising, likely; froward.
- On the morrow […] orders the Cellerarius to send off his carpenters to demolish the said structure brevi manu , and lay up the wood in safe keeping. Old Dean Herbert, hearing what was toward , comes tottering along hither, to plead humbly for himself and his mill.
- Why, that is spoken like a toward prince. ? Shakespeare.
(US) subsequently to some other action
* (Commonwealth English ) afterwards