I remember when I was a first-year student, I had a hard time figuring out what exactly torque is. My first year of mechanics was all about static calculations and I feel torque is just so much easier to explain when you’re considering a dynamic system.
So let’s try this: Consider a body floating in free space with rocket boosters attached to it.
Force: If a rocket fires, it will exhibit a force on the body. This will make the body move (accleration = force / mass ).
The yellow rocket fires, this makes the body move to the left
Torque: If two rockets fire in opposite directions, the force will cancel out. Depending on their positions relative to each other, a torque will however be created. This will make the body rotate (rotational acceleration = torque / inertia).
Orange and red rockets fire (on the already moving body). Forces cancel out, but the body starts to rotate.