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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?
But FORWARD is grammatically incorrect? or is it just not used?
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.
Forward is a vector implying motion, whereas ahead can also be a one-dimensional point denoting a location.
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