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forward, forwards

Forward is an adverb, an adjective, a verb and a noun.

  • Please step forward when your name is called. [adverb]
  • Without reverse gear, we are limited to a forward motion. [adjective]
  • I will forward that email immediately. [verb]
  • In hockey, soccer and football a forward plays on the front line. [noun]

Forwards is a variant form of the adverb and is becoming rare.

  • She rocked gently backwards and forwards (or backward and forward).