Keep the “wacky words” coming! Thanks to all of you who have been commenting and adding to our wacky-word conversation these past few months. Please continue to post your questions and share your examples. This week’s word choice winner is backward/backwards.
We’ve all heard it both ways. But only one way is correct: backward.
It’s backward. No “s.” Never say backwards.
Allow me to share a helpful gimmick to cement this rule in your mind. “If you can’t go forwards, then you can’t go backwards.” That’s a fun yet memorable trick for remembering not to put an “s” on those words. We don’t say forwards, so we shouldn’t say backwards. It’s forward and backward.
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