Use of to after the word focused.

Can you say focused to (something) or do you always have to say focused on (something)?

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    There's only one s in "focused"... I can edit your question but not your username...
    – Catija
    May 29, 2018 at 20:23
  • @Catija there are two recognis/zed spellings of focussed and see here
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 29, 2018 at 20:26
  • The spelling focused is much more common in the US but also more common in the UK and Australia. @Mari-LouA en.wiktionary.org/wiki/focussed
    – Catija
    May 29, 2018 at 20:31
  • @Catija But it is still acceptable in BrEng, and you were wrong to say it was misspelled. Likewise, it would be wrong for me to say that word should be spelt misspelt.
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 29, 2018 at 20:33
  • Could you tell us the entire sentence? Both prepositions are acceptable in different contexts.
    – user3395
    May 29, 2018 at 21:56

2 Answers 2


Focused on is standard, but I have heard focused toward. Personally, I'd not use the latter


It's possible! Though you don't see this everywhere, every time!

COCA brings 68 results of the usage focused to... but you need to carefully look at the context before using it.

The simplest one from there that I liked is:

Stay focused to get ahead.

Google Ngram also shows results, for instance, the Oxford Textbook of Ophthalmology has the usage

Rays from a point P near one end of the filament are focused to a diffraction broadened spot on the screen.

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