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    #1

    " ahead of "

    Hi all


    I want you to check these sentences and see if there's any wrong use of the word " ahead "



    1- Japan is ahead of its time in technology.

    2- I was there two hours ahead of the others .


    Thank you
    Last edited by beast; 16-Sep-2010 at 10:10.

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    Re: " ahead of "

    1 is OK but needs a full stop.

    2 also needs a full stop. It's not wrong but I prefer '...before the others'.

    Rover

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    Re: " ahead of "

    Re 'before', I think it's a British thing. If you look at the word's etymology, it comes from the same metaphor (representing time in terms of space). In the melting pot of the USA at the time of the European immigration of the 19th and early 20th centuries (added to the earlier presence of Spanish, French and Dutch settlers), the word 'fore' (meaning 'front') probably wasn't widely known . So they reinvented the same idea, using 'ahead' + <preposition> (just as the English had amalgamated 'fore' + <preposition>).

    It wouldn't surprise me (although I'd find it quite surprising to live to the age of 3/400 ) if the amalgamation proceeds over the next few hundred years, with the formation of a new word - aheda or ahedv (which are NOT WORDS YET, although the sounds they represent are common in speech.

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    Re: " ahead of "

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    1 is OK but needs a full stop.

    2 also needs a full stop. It's not wrong but I prefer '...before the others'.

    Rover
    Thank you Rover

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