Hi everyone! I'd like to know whether the following sentence is correct:
"He was standing by in knowing silence". Can we use "stand by" like that, or does it always have to be preceding a place (e.g. he was standing by the window)? I really mean to say that the person was just standing around doing nothing.
I thank you all sincerely!
Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Apr-2013 at 07:55.
Yes, that is correct.
'Stand by' is a phrasal verb – one meaning of which is - 'Be ready and waiting for something to happen'.
I found that by clicking on Reference at the top of the page and then Phrasal Verbs.
Please note that a better title would have been 'Standing by'.
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'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Apr-2013 at 08:02.