Site icon Learn American English Online

Ahead

ahead

 

When something is in front of you, in time or in space, we say that it is "ahead." When describing time, it’s similar to in the future:

  • They face many problems ahead.
  • There’s another car ahead of yours.
  • He’s ahead of you. You’ll have to wait until he’s finished.
  • She has a bright future ahead of her.
  • There’s a sign ahead. What does it say?

The word "ahead" is also used when someone or a group gains an advantage over someone else, especially in a competitive environment:

  • They pulled ahead of the other team. Now they’re winning.
  • This company is ahead of the competition in producing low-cost widgets.

To "get ahead" is to save money for the future or to keep pace with your debts. This is an idiom:

  • It’s hard to get ahead when you have a low-paying job.
  • He does what he can to get ahead.

The idiom "go ahead" means that it’s your turn or your opportunity to do something or say something:

  • You can go ahead of me.
  • Go ahead. Answer the question.
  • I don’t want to go ahead right now. I’ll wait.

Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.

This page was first published on February 23, 2014. It was amended on December 29, 2014.

 

 

Exit mobile version