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Operario

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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!
 
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Rover_KE

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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.

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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.'


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