に向かって - Grammar Discussion

towards
to face
to head to

Structure

  • Noun + にむかって
  • Noun + にむけて

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Can someone explain to me when you need to use transitive and intransitive forms (にむかって vs にむけて)? It looks obvious at first glance, but in actual sentences I just can’t figure out which one I should use.

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yeah, I just came across this sentence :
進路相談に向けて、いろいろと学校の資料を調べています。

and I don’t get it. Looking at the grammar explanation I would have guessed に向かって without hesitation because it looks like 将来に向かって.

According to A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar p.407, it has to be に向けて when indicating the target, direction, goal, or purpose of an action, which this sentence seems to fit.

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