- ward(s)

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Words like backward(s), forward(s), northward(s), outward(s) etc. can be used as adjectives or adverbs.

Adjectives

When they are used as adjectives, they do not have -s.

Adverbs

When these words are adverbs, they can be used with or without -s.

In figurative expressions such as look forward to, bring forward, put forward, the form without -s is always used.

See also

Want
-ward(s)
Was and were
Well and good
Whether and if
Which and what
Wish
With
Whose
Would like
Would and used to

See also

Very
Until and till
Up and down
Used to

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