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    #1

    second only to or after or preceedeed by or ...?

    Hello everybody!

    I would like to say that one company excels at doing something and so is the leader in some field. Another company is also a leader in the same field as the first one but not as good as the first one. Can I say that another company is preceded by the leader in the field or should I say that another company is, after the leader, also a leader in the field? Maybe I should say that it is another company, after the first leader, that is leading expert on.... Could you help me out?

    Thank you.

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    Re: second only to or after or preceedeed by or ...?

    You could say that both firms are very good or even excellent, but that one clearly stands out as the best.

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    Re: second only to or after or preceedeed by or ...?

    Without mentioning or claiming who the leader is, which, sometimes can be subjective, you could say either one is among the leaders or the top or the best in the field. Naturally one wouldn't like to acknowledge that they are the second-best in a field even though they are.

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