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Straight or Forward

Practice commonly confused Business English terms

Straight or Forward

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There are many different applications for both straight and forward, and the primary confusion lies in the fact that they can be used as adjectives, adverbs, verbs and even nouns.


As an Adjective

Straight is used more often for things that are, well, straight; but, forward is usually used to describe the future or a successful conclusion.


1. extending or moving uniformly in one direction only; without a curve or bend.

2.properly positioned so as to be level, upright, or symmetrical.


1. directed or facing toward the front or the direction that one is facing or traveling.

2. relating to or concerned with the future.

3. moving or tending onward to a successful conclusion.

4. developing or acting earlier than expected or required; advanced or precocious.

5. (of a person) bold or familiar in manner, especially in a presumptuous way.

As an Adverb

Just like the adjective, the same holds true for their verb form: “He looked straight at her.” & “The car moved forward.”


1. in a straight line; directly.

2.in or into a level, even, or upright position.


1. toward the front; in the direction that one is facing or traveling.

2. onward so as to make progress; toward a successful conclusion.

As a Noun


1. a part of something that is not curved or bent, especially a section of a racetrack.

2. (in poker) a continuous sequence of five cards.


1. an attacking player in basketball, hockey, or other sports.

2. (in finance) short for forward contract.

As a verb


There is no application for this word in verb form.


1. send (a letter or e-mail) on to a further destination.

2. help to advance (something); promote. For example: the scientists are forwarding the development of biotechnology.

Practice! Fill in the blank with either straight or forward.

1. Sales have increased for 3 years ________.

2. The business plan has been approved, let’s move ______ with it.

3. The negotiations were unsuccessful, there no way _____ for the relationship.

4. His supervisor told him ______ up, “If you’re late again, you’re fired”.

5. The printer is ______ across from the cooler.



1. straight

2. forward

3. forward

4. straight

5. straight


source: google dictionary

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