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used in Frankenstein

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to go or do before
  • It was your journal of the four months that preceded my creation.
    Chapter 15 (34% in)
preceded = were before
  • There—for with your leave, my sister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators—there snow and frost are banished; and, sailing over a calm sea, we may be wafted to a land surpassing in wonders and in beauty every region hitherto discovered on the habitable globe.
    Introductory Letters (4% in)
  • preceding = who have gone before
  • He is now much recovered from his illness and is continually on the deck, apparently watching for the sledge that preceded his own.
    Introductory Letters (77% in)
  • preceded = was in front of
  • I trembled excessively; I could not endure to think of, and far less to allude to, the occurrences of the preceding night.
    Chapter 5 (60% in)
  • preceding = prior
  • I was undisturbed by thoughts which during the preceding year had pressed upon me, notwithstanding my endeavours to throw them off, with an invincible burden.
    Chapter 6 (95% in)
  • preceding = prior
  • It was echoed from Saleve, the Juras, and the Alps of Savoy; vivid flashes of lightning dazzled my eyes, illuminating the lake, making it appear like a vast sheet of fire; then for an instant every thing seemed of a pitchy darkness, until the eye recovered itself from the preceding flash.
    Chapter 7 (46% in)
  • preceding = having just passed
  • This day was passed in the same routine as that which preceded it.
    Chapter 12 (6% in)
  • preceded = was before
  • The horrible scene of the preceding day was forever acting before my eyes; the females were flying and the enraged Felix tearing me from his father's feet.
    Chapter 16 (16% in)
  • preceding = prior
  • I had been awake the whole of the preceding night, my nerves were agitated, and my eyes inflamed by watching and misery.
    Chapter 20 (48% in)
preceding = prior (the most recent to pass)
There are no more uses of "precede" in Frankenstein.

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