Misused Words

Precede and Proceed

Precede, a verb, means to go before in time, place, or rank.

The cheerleaders will precede the team onto the field.

Proceed, a verb, means to go forward, particularly after having stopped.

The teacher instructed the student to proceed with her speech.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) People of higher rank will (precede, proceed) you into the auditorium.

(2) All the dignitaries will (precede, proceed) into the auditorium according to rank.

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