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    in a air race, into qualifications:

    "he is 13 seconds back". i don't have any other indication.

    so does it mean that the pilot is 13 seconds behind the pole position, or 13 seconds ahead or something else?

    thanks already for answers:)

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    I am not sure about the question.What I thought was:"he is 13 seconds late".

    Look for other's comments.

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    What comes to my mind first is also the meaning of late exactly behind the other plane or planes and someone(or other pilots have) has left him behind with 13 second ahead of him

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    Default Re: 13 seconds back

    I would take "13 seconds back" to mean "behind by 13 seconds".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    I would take "13 seconds back" to mean "behind by 13 seconds".
    MrP
    Likewise - behind the leader by 13 seconds.

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    thank you all:)

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    Default Re: 13 seconds back

    Can it mean "He will be back in 13 seconds."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Can it mean "He will be back in 13 seconds."?
    That would be interesting, but no. "back" here means behind in time (i.e., in back of the others).

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