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Foreword vs. forward

Forward has several adjectival and adverbial definitions, including (1) at, near, or belonging to the front, (2) going toward the front, and (3) tending to the front. It’s also a noun denoting a few sports positions. The noun foreword has only one meaning in today’s English: a preface or introductory note. Book prefaces are usually written by the author, while forewords are often contributed by someone other than the author. Forword and foreward are not dictionary-recognized words.

Examples

Forward

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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]

Foreword

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]

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