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    in wake of

    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion concerning the plausibility of the following two sentences?

    Border tension high in wake of live-round firing that killed 20

    Israel borders quiet in wake of deadly clashes.

    in wake of = as inevitable result of

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    Last edited by vil; 06-Jun-2011 at 13:08.

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    Re: in wade of

    in wade of is a typo.

    in (the) wake of means following or after.

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    Re: in wade of

    I would read the first as a typo too.

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    Re: in wake of

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Border tension high in wake of live-round firing that killed 20

    Israel borders quiet in wake of deadly clashes.
    There being no verb, I assume that these are headlines or titles.

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    Re: in wake of

    Sounds probable.

    Incidentally, vil, that general use (with the meaning 'after' or 'following') is quite common now. But originally the word referred to the white trace left in water by a boat; the temporal meanings use this as a metaphor. And this sort of wake does appear 'as a result' of the boat's passage.

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