In English, most adjectives precede the noun they modify.
She always precedes her lectures with a joke.
The word cryptic popped into Flora’s head. It was preceded by the word unnecessarily. "Unnecessarily cryptic," said Flora out loud.
Kate DiCamillo -- Flora & Ulysses
I motioned for him to precede me into the church.
Ernest J. Gaines -- A Lesson Before Dying
...he said, and leaned back on the line to see if it was possible to gain any on his fish. But he could not and it stayed at the hardness and water-drop shivering that preceded breaking.
Ernest Hemingway -- The Old Man and the Sea
one of the hens, had laid an egg the preceding day.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
As a Boy with a Reputation, his neighborhood legend preceded him.
Sarah Dessen -- Someone Like You
But at last with a great creaking and sighing he heaved up his enormous body, signed to the slaves to precede him with the lights, and went out.
C.S. Lewis -- The Horse and His Boy
However, this time, what the Happy Jack staff doesn’t know is that Connor Lassiter’s reputation has preceded him.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
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The fourth question was preceded by a sober instruction: Imagine the White House wanted the unfiltered opinion of its constituents.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
And the sudden, strange darkness that had preceded their arrival?
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The preceding months had seen extensive communications about the ban.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
The surreal whirlwind of the preceding weeks had left Walter devastated.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
Although once as numerous as the plains buffalo, they had shown a catastrophic decrease during the three or four decades preceding my trip to the Barrens.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
Chronicler relaxed slightly, obviously pleased to have his reputation precede him.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
There had been indications that Mary’s ever-increasing presence was disturbing to Sunny, as she had seemed to be practicing more fervently in the preceding weeks, particularly when Mary was over at the house.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
Each step I take becomes more of an effort than the one that preceded it.
Pittacus Lore -- I Am Number Four
Rachel preceded the two girls down the aisle to the family bench.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
This was the one aspect of her life that had not changed in the years preceding.
William Goldman -- The Princess Bride
In the days preceding the ball, if there were moments when Char and the balls weren’t in my mind, they were when I was asleep.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
It wasn’t until I had children of my own that my grandmother told me about her life in Mexico, about a fairy-tale existence with servants, wealth, and grandeur, which had preceded her life in the company farm camp.
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
As the announcer listed the deliriously happy events which occurred on the preceding day, I would stand by the map of the world and pinpoint the countries mentioned.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
But Gettysburg did not discourage Colonel E. Porter Alexander, Longstreet’s chief of artillery, who won fame in that battle for directing the barrage that preceded Pickett’s charge.
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
His exits, when they were preceded by a little speech, could be dramatic; but his entrances were usually modest.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
Above them the milky-white flower had beckoned from the rocks and Krystyna, preceding her up a dizzying path, had called back, "Zosia, I’ll bring it down!"
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
When the tray was loaded so heavily I could scarce lift it, Madam preceded me down the hall and waited by the closed door to the library.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- Chains
The sound of scrabbling and muttered imprecations preceded her up the hill, as she fought her way through the entangling bushes on the slope.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Zahra liked him far more than the monarchs who preceded him.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
He’d sat across from me in the armchair nearest the sofa and talked a lot, confusing stuff, although all that really stuck in my mind was the story he’d told of how he met my mother: massive snowstorm, no taxis in sight—when—preceded by a fan of wet snow—an occupied cab had plowed to the corner of Eighty-Fourth and Park.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
There it lay, fixed in future times, preceding death as surely as 99 precedes 100.
George Orwell -- 1984
Unfortunately, Alex, your reputation precedes you.
Simone Elkeles -- Perfect Chemistry
It seemed only about half as long as the year which preceded it.
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Burns’s reputation as a hard man had preceded him.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
He waited to let the whole emphasis of the preceding passage disappear and be forgotten.
John Steinbeck -- The Grapes of Wrath
His well-earned reputation for savagery preceded him on the streets.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
I’ll be last, or second to last since the girl tribute precedes the boy from each district.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
Carlson stepped back to let Slim precede him, and then the two of them went out the door.
John Steinbeck -- Of Mice and Men
It preceded a voice that was equally hollow, reedy and insubstantial.
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
5 always preceded her mom—even though she spent the whole day working around horses—and Spencer was certain she was allergic.
Sara Shepard -- Pretty Little Liars
In the preceding minutes its whining had been rising in volume to a scream.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
With a stately gravity, he, with the lamp, preceded me down the stairs and along the hall.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
He and I started back across the fields, preceding the others like two seigneurs.
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
Mr. Fogg and Aouda descended into the cabin at midnight, having been already preceded by Fix, who had lain down on one of the cots.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
An old and unpleasant odor preceded him.
Wes Moore -- The Other Wes Moore
The text went on to explain that these visions were a result of small strokes that often preceded death.
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
The platoon was preparing to move out, checking weapons, going through all the little rituals that preceded a day’s march.
Tim O’Brien -- The Things They Carried
He is now much recovered from his illness and is continually on the deck, apparently watching for the sledge that preceded his own.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
And Nicholas, who had vainly suffered all the dread that precedes a battle and had spent that happy day in inactivity, was all the more depressed.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
A progression in which each term is equal to the sum of the two preceding terms.