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*Hacia* Whats the difference?

I was asked to translate La mujer mira hacia la ventana. I said "The woman looks toward the window". I got the answer wrong because it says it should have been "the woman looks towards the window"... Whats the difference between toward and towards?

6 years ago



There is no difference (at least in meaning).

The consensus among grammarians and people who love English is that using these words without the s is slightly more formal than using these words with the s.

Additionally, "toward" is more common and preferred in American English; "towards" is the predominant form in British English. This may be inherent to the design of duolingo.

6 years ago


I think darkmilz is right. I will add that duolingo seems to have several of these "wrong" right answers. I hope it's just a matter of time for them to update their answers, etc.

6 years ago


Just submit anything like that by clicking on "still think you're right"... they've been really responsive about getting these things fixed.

6 years ago