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I am not sure about the usage of the verb "outpace" ( businessinsider.com/10-most-powerful-militaries-in-the-world-2013-6 ) :
"Nuclear capabilities are not included in this calculation — but Russia and the United States far outpace the rest of the world in nuclear armament, with 8,500 and 7,700 nuclear weapons, respectively."
This particular usage suggest that "outpace" is a continuous state verb (is better than). But dictionaries suggest that "outpace" should be a one-off action verb (become better). What do native speakers think?
So, "outpace" is a one-time action verb (Russia defeated .....) , not a state verb (Russia is better than ....)? And "outpace" should have been in past tense?
Last edited by toughit; 26-Nov-2013 at 23:53.
So, "outpace" is a continuous-state verb (Russia & USA are better than the rest of the world with respect to nuclear weapons)?
Suppose, Peter currently has better school grades than Joseph. Can I write:
"Peter outpaces Joseph in academic performance."
where "outpace" is in present tense?
So, every time this troll starts a thread, it will be closed.
So, I'm not sure what the point is.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.