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Date Posted: Fri, December 29 2006, 15:28:12
Author: 91
Subject: Re: I Can't Decide
In reply to: Duck_Mav 's message, "I Can't Decide" on Fri, December 29 2006, 13:28:53

The descriptive word "by" works well in these situations:
We are ahead BY 10 points.
We are behind BY 10 points.
We are up BY 10 points.
We are down BY 10 points.

But:
The lead IS 10 points.
The deficit IS 10 points
since we are describing nearly-tangible, single concepts. A lead, a deficit, etc.

Similarly, no other descriptors except the amount needed here either:
We have a 10-point lead.
We have a 10 point deficit.

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