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The word "versus" is a preposition that is similar to the word "against." It’s often used for sporting events and conflicts:

  • I’m going to watch a baseball game on TV tonight. It’s the Twins versus the Yankees.
  • In a soccer match of Brazil versus Germany, which team do you think would come out on top?
  • Americans are used to hearing about the right versus the left in politics, or it’s the Republicans versus the Democrats.
  • In World War II, the old military rivalry of Germany versus France resurfaced.

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It’s the Dallas North Stars versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

The word "versus" is often abbreviated to "vs." or just "v."

  • In the last World Series, it was the Chicago Cubs vs. the Cleveland Indians.
  • The Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade provided legal access to women who wanted to get an abortion inside the United States.

Sometimes "versus" is used when making a comparison.

  • A ratchet is a easier tool to use when working on a car versus a wrench. The ratchet can be used in tighter spaces.
  • A gas grill that uses propane gas costs less to operate versus a charcoal grill which requires the purchase of charcoal briquettes.

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This page was published on July 26, 2017.



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