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former shipmates #1 (permalink) Fri Mar 11, 2011 22:56 pm   former shipmates
 

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ESL/EFL Test #182 "Who wants to be a millionaire?", question 6

A sailor from Sweden won three million dollars in the lottery and handed it to ......... shipmates and strangers in the street.

(a) preceding
(b) former
(c) before
(d) earlier

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #182 "Who wants to be a millionaire?", answer 6

A sailor from Sweden won three million dollars in the lottery and handed it to former shipmates and strangers in the street.

Correct answer: (b) former
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former shipmates #2 (permalink) Fri Mar 11, 2011 23:45 pm   former shipmates
 

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former shipmates #3 (permalink) Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:22 am   former shipmates
 

Hi,

'Preceding' means 'coming before' and is mostly used to describe earlier actions or events rather than people.

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