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    Default compitition within itself

    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of the expression "a compitition within itself"?

    Ex: "When it comes to planning their wedding, it's a competition within itself"

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: compitition within itself

    Normally it would indicate that the preparation for some event was a competition before the 'main' event.

    A foot race is a competition.
    Getting ready for a major foot race, is a competition within itself.


    Native AmE speakers would typically say, "a competition in itself" - not within.


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    Default Re: compitition within itself

    Quote Originally Posted by opa6x57 View Post
    Normally it would indicate that the preparation for some event was a competition before the 'main' event.

    A foot race is a competition.
    Getting ready for a major foot race, is a competition within itself.


    Native AmE speakers would typically say, "a competition in itself" - not within.


    ...
    Same here - Br. Eng.

    Mai - your misspelling suggests you've got the pronunciation right (), but note the spelling of competition.

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    Default Re: compitition within itself

    Quote Originally Posted by opa6x57 View Post
    Normally it would indicate that the preparation for some event was a competition before the 'main' event.

    A foot race is a competition.
    Getting ready for a major foot race, is a competition within itself.


    Native AmE speakers would typically say, "a competition in itself" - not within.


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    Can it mean then, an independent competition ?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: compitition within itself

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Can it mean then, an independent competition ?

    Thanks.

    I'm not sure what you mean. Could you give an example to illustrate your question?

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    Default Re: compitition within itself

    Quote Originally Posted by opa6x57 View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean. Could you give an example to illustrate your question?
    "A competition by itself inside another bigger compitetion. One that can be a seperate competition on its own. "?

    Actually I still can't fully get it that expression.

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    Default Re: compitition within itself

    The Asian Pastry Cup is a competition within itself but also serves as the official competition at which three Asian teams are pre-selected to compete at the World Pastry Cup 2011 in Lyon, France.
    The meaning here is - the Asian Pastry Cup is a competition - which produces results. But, it is ALSO used to pre-select teams to compete in the World Pastry Cup.

    However she neglected to point out that the whole idea of the Android is competition through open architecture. The competition within itself (among Android manufacturers) has actually brought about this figure (NPD's statistics).
    There is a competition among mobile phones and smart phones - competing for the customer - with more features and more power and more speed. But, a PART of that overall competition is competition among the Android Operating System phones.

    The Maoist route to harmony was based on the principle ‘rivalry within, unity without’ – a strong, authoritarian and unified state that not only permitted but sponsored many forms of competition within itself, so long as that competition never threatened the State as a whole.
    Here, the competition is NOT part of a larger competition, but is constrained to be contained within the State. So, this would be an example of a competition where there is no larger part.



    Do these examples - and explanations help?

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    Default Re: compitition within itself

    Quote Originally Posted by opa6x57 View Post
    The meaning here is - the Asian Pastry Cup is a competition - which produces results. But, it is ALSO used to pre-select teams to compete in the World Pastry Cup.



    There is a competition among mobile phones and smart phones - competing for the customer - with more features and more power and more speed. But, a PART of that overall competition is competition among the Android Operating System phones.



    Here, the competition is NOT part of a larger competition, but is constrained to be contained within the State. So, this would be an example of a competition where there is no larger part.



    Do these examples - and explanations help?

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    I can't thank you enough for your patience. I got it now yes, hopefully
    Thanks a lot.

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