Sep 4th, 2015, 07:03 am
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Join Date: Oct 8th, 2006
| | Re: interpretations
It would be more usual to use interpretation
in the singular (each student has their own interpretation of life), but that's a minor point. Interpretation(s)
is always followed by of
when the object of the interpretation is involved - not toward(s)
Checking both the singular and plural with the concordancer Lextutor
I got 51 examples of interpretation(s) of
and none at all of interpretation(s) toward(s)
It has nothing to do with meaning - it's a matter of usage. Don't be misled by examples you might find on Google. If you look carefully you'll find that where there are examples of interpretation(s) toward(s)
, either the text was written by a non-native speaker or that there is another reason for the choice of towards
- usually because it's dependent on a verb or noun expressing movement or direction - eg : Ecocritical readings regularly push literary interpretations towards the frontier...
Multiple perspectives move historical interpretations toward a more balanced approach to understanding painful histories.
Here, the writers are not talking about the object of the interpretation, but its direction.
Last edited by susan53 : Sep 5th, 2015 at 01:29 am.