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    preliminary/ preparatory/ string along/ abide by

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    According to preliminary data, there are victims.

    preliminary (a) = denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding

    The systematic teaching is a preliminary to professional work.

    After a few polite preliminaries we stated out main ideas.
    preliminary (n) = something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

    At least a year's preparatory work will be necessary before building can start.
    preparatory (a) = preceding and preparing for something

    Jim cleared his throat preparatory to speaking.
    preparatory = preliminary

    You don't have to bring me into this. ( …to get me involved.)

    Can't you stop him stringing along. He is such a dreadful bore.

    Take my advice. String along with me. I know the business inside out.

    Those of you who want to learn about wild flowers, string along with Jake.

    string along = follow somebody; to follow someone's leadership; join his group

    I'll string along with someone who's driving into the next town.

    I decided to string along with him for a time to see if I could gain by it.

    I have a feeling that the young man is just stringing us along.

    He doesn't intend to marry the girl. He's just stringing her along.

    Mary was stringing John along for years but she didn't mean to marry him.

    George told the new boy that he must always call the teacher "Sir," but the new boy soon saw that George was stringing him along.

    string someone along = keep someone waiting or in a state of uncertainty; also, fool or deceive someone

    A basketball player may know he did not foul, but he must abide by the referee's decision.

    The members agree to abide by the rules of the club.

    abide by = to accept and obey; be willing to follow

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Exclamation Re: preliminary/ preparatory/ string along/ abide by

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    After a few polite preliminaries we stated out main ideas.
    preliminary (n) = something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows=Interim (legal) an interim order

    Preliminary Injunction (n)=An order passed by the court in the initial stages of proceedings to prevent the parties from getting into action where any controversy is involved so as to maintain situtaion as it is at present.

    At least a year's preparatory work will be necessary before building can start.
    preparatory (a) = preceding and preparing for something

    Jim cleared his throat preparatory to speaking.
    preparatory = preliminary= Relating to or engaged in study or training that serves as preparation for advanced education: a preparatory course; preparatory students.


    Several couching centers in India offer programmes that are designed for students who need a preparatory course before appearing different competitive examinations.


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Preliminary has a specific legal application. A preliminary injunction, in equity, is an injunction entered by a court prior to a determination of the merits of a legal case, in order to restrain a party from going forward with a course of conduct until the case has been decided

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