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Foreword vs. Forward

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When two words sound alike, but are not spelled the same and do not mean the same things, they are called homophones. There are many of these words in English.It’s easy to confuse two homophones in writing—after all, they are pronounced the same, so you need to rely on context to determine which word to use. Foreword and forward are a classic set of homophones. They sound identical when spoken aloud, but they are used in separate contexts that don’t overlap. You have to be sure whether you mean foreword or forward, or your writing won’t make sense.In this article, I will compare foreword vs. forward. I will use each word in a sentence to illustrate its proper context, and, at the end, I will give you a helpful trick to use when deciding whether to use forward or foreword when writing your own pieces.Origin:The word foreword originated in mid-19th century: from fore- + word, on the pattern of German Vorwort. The word forward originated from Old English forweard (in the sense ‘towards the future’, as in from this day forward), variant of forthweard.Foreword as noun:The word foreword is used as a noun in English language where it means a short introduction to a book, typically by a person other than the author.She wrote the best foreword for that book.Forward as adverb:Forward means in the direction that one is facing or travelling; towards the front.He started up the engine and the car moved forward.Forward as adjective:Forward means directed or facing towards the front or the direction that one is facing or travelling.He is on a forward flight.Forward as verb:As a verb, it means to send (a letter or email) on to a further destination.My emails were forwarded to a friend.Examples:Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari said Monday his fractured left big toe likely won’t heal fast enough to allow him to play this week. [Denver Post]Nevertheless, the new iPhone app is a great leap forward. [Los Angeles Times]Many state lawmakers defended the current brothel system after and it’s unclear whether Reid’s position has enough support to move forward. [Talking Points Memo]In his foreword to Sir Christopher Lee’s autobiography, director Peter Jackson tells what happened on the actor’s final day filming The Lord Of The Rings. [Express (dead link)]For Ray Bradbury, who contributes a foreword, it was the conjunction of Halloween and reading Edgar Allan Poe that sparked his “love of real books.” [Wall Street Journal]Foreword or forward:Foreword and forward are two homophones. Foreward is a common way to misspell either of these words. A foreword is an introduction to a book. Forward can mean a direction, a player on a sports team, or an action when sending emails or other information. A foreword comes before the words in the book’s main text. This mnemonic makes it easy to remember when to use foreword. Now, you can avoid these common mistakes in your own writing.

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