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    Is this correct?

    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.

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    re: Is this correct?

    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'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Apr-2013 at 08:02.

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