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    overtake

    Is this sentence correct:
    You left too little distance between yourself and him when you overtook him.

    Is there a better way to say the same thing?

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    Re: overtake

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Is this sentence correct:
    You left too little distance between yourself and him when you overtook him.

    Is there a better way to say the same thing?
    Yes. It's correct.
    What about?

    You didn't (really) leave (all that) much distance between the two of you when you overtook him.

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    Re: overtake

    Don't "to overtake" and "to pass" mean the same thing? If not, what's the difference.

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    Re: overtake

    Quote Originally Posted by dodgerfan2002
    Don't "to overtake" and "to pass" mean the same thing? If not, what's the difference.
    In my opinion, "overtake" means "catch up with and then pass", while, "pass" simply means " go ahead of".


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    Re: overtake

    Thanks Cas,

    How about:

    You overtook him from up close.

    Is that correct?

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    Re: overtake

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thanks Cas,

    How about:

    You overtook him from up close.

    Is that correct?
    Hmm. What's the context?

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    Re: overtake

    The context is the same. We are in a car. You are driving. You overtake a car but leave little space between our car and the car you are overtaking.

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    Re: overtake

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    The context is the same. We are in a car. You are driving. You overtake a car but leave little space between our car and the car you are overtaking.
    That seems rather dangerous, but it is not, I think, overtaking from up close. When A overtakes B A has to narrow the distance between A and B, come abreast of B, then pass B. As a practical matter, A will inevitabley come close to
    B before passing B.


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    Re: overtake

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    The context is the same. We are in a car. You are driving. You overtake a car but leave little space between our car and the car you are overtaking.
    That seems rather dangerous, but it is not, I think, overtaking from up close. When A overtakes B A has to narrow the distance between A and B, come abreast of B, then pass B. As a practical matter, A will inevitably come close to
    B before passing B.


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