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I feel bad for using this forum to ask such a simple question, but I'm in the middle of trying to get stuff together for a possible payday on the sequel to my first novel, so...

sorry, but I know someone here knows the answer and the more I think on it, the more I doubt myself.

Rules on To vs. Toward???

I know, never use towardS, just like never use besideS, and I think to is used in destination related circumstances.

Specifically, do you turn your head toward??? a sound?

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Well, I'd say we do turn our heads "toward". "Toward" is more animated than "to" - for example, if applied to a head moving, then I imagine the head actually turning. "Toward" seems like it should be used for a direction while "to" for a destination...?

What am I trying to say? >_>''
Turning "toward" indicates a gradual movement for me, like sunflowers turning toward the sun. I'd use "to" if I want to say for example "I turned to the person next to me".

AUGHHHH, I hope that helped a little, now you got me thinking about this question. I hate these annoying little problems that always seem to be embedded in all my stories.

Good luck! I'll be checking on this thread to learn the difference between the two a while later. =D

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Essentially you have it right.
Toward is facing or moving in the direction of. (The 'ward' in toward is the same as forward, inward, leeward, backward, seaward, etc, denoting a direction)
'I walked toward the store.'
To implies that you/it is actually going to get there.
'I walked to the store'

I too often turn 'to' someone but think that that may be colloquial.
You should indeed turn toward a sound as you can't possibly reach it.

Hope this is what you were asking.

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