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antecedent vs precedent

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antecedent vs precedent

Postby mrluyen » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:32 am

Please tell me the difference between these two nouns:


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Re: antecedent vs precedent

Postby Josef » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:15 am

antecedent: something that comes before another thing

"Depression is sometimes the antecedent of war."

precedent: an earlier event that is used an an example to follow in similar circumstances

"The election of a woman as Britain's prime minister was without precedent."
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