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    coming/placing second!

    Ok, quite difficult for me as I dont know how to put it, but Ill try.

    If in a whatever competition (like a marathon), A comes 1st and B comes second..
    I say: A came first; after hims B or A came first; beyond him B..?

    and:

    is it better to say "to place first, second etc" or "to come"?

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    #2

    Re: coming/placing second!

    Quote Originally Posted by minnie2007 View Post
    Ok, quite difficult for me as I don’t know how to put it, but I’ll try.

    If in a whatever competition (like a marathon), “A” comes 1st and “B” comes second…..
    I say: ”A” came first; after him was [or 'came'] “B” or “A” came first; after him “B”………..[or 'next came B']

    and:

    is it better to say "to place ['to be placed.] first, second etc" or "to come"?
    Or 'got/won/achieved/was awarded first place'. There's a recent tendency, from America I think, to use 'to medal' rather than 'to win a medal'; and I imagine some people may start using 'place' to mean 'win a place'. But it's not standard.

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    Last edited by BobK; 06-May-2007 at 11:45.


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    Re: coming/placing second!

    thanks a lot fot the clear explanation. Now everything is easier!!!! THANKS GOD I'VE FOUND YOU!

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    #4

    Re: coming/placing second!

    Steady on

    Incidentally, in the Italian grazie [a?] dio 'grazie' is a noun; but the English has a verb: 'thank God' (it's a wish: 'Let God be thanked' or, sometimes, 'I thank God').

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    #5

    Re: coming/placing second!

    thanks I didn't Know it!

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