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    forward or ahead

    It was won by Prince Borghese, who crossed the finishing line just a few metres.............(forward/ahead) of the only other car to complete the race.

    Can I write both FORWARD and AHEAD? Does it sound good in both cases?

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    Re: forward or ahead

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    It was won by Prince Borghese, who crossed the finishing line just a few metres.............(forward/ahead) of the only other car to complete the race.

    Can I write both FORWARD and AHEAD? Does it sound good in both cases?
    AmE: "ahead"

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    #3

    Re: forward or ahead

    But FORWARD is grammatically incorrect? or is it just not used?

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    #4

    Re: forward or ahead

    Use "ahead." You finish ahead of someone. During the race you would be leading them. "Forward" is just not the right word to describe the position in a race.

    Also, it's "finish line," at least in AmE.

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    Re: forward or ahead

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Use "ahead." You finish ahead of someone. During the race you would be leading them. "Forward" is just not the right word to describe the position in a race.

    Also, it's "finish line," at least in AmE.
    It's 'finishing line' in BrE. I agree with you about 'forward' and 'ahead'.

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    #6

    Re: forward or ahead

    Forward is a vector implying motion, whereas ahead can also be a one-dimensional point denoting a location.

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    Re: forward or ahead

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Forward is a vector implying motion, whereas ahead can also be a one-dimensional point denoting a location.
    For us naval types, forward can also denote a location, in the direction of the front of the vessel:

    The galley is forward of the companionway,

    (and the companionway is aft of the galley)

    ps. Unless you are in the navy, or sail, the words are not commonly used in his way.
    Last edited by 5jj; 02-Jun-2011 at 11:15. Reason: ps added

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