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The magnet force keeps the objects in contact with each other.

I am trying to rewrite the sentence above I created such that it has an opposite meaning. My examples are as follows:

  1. The magnet force keeps the objects in non-contact with each other.

  2. The magnet force keeps the objects apart from each other.

I would like to know which is better. I found a lot of sentences using the expression "in non-contact with" on google, but it seems that most of them are written by non-natives.

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    An antonym of "in contact with" in the metaphorical sense of being in frequent conversation with a person would be "out of touch with." – Carlos Arturo Serrano Mar 16 '18 at 8:15
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I would use the second example:

The magnetic force keeps the objects apart from each other.

I've never heard anyone say "non-contact" in this context before.

Another way to say this:

The magnetic polarization keeps the objects separated from each other.

  • "magnetic force" not "magnet force" tend to be used – James K Mar 15 '18 at 21:48
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"In non-contact with" doesn't work here. So go with "keeps the objects apart or separated from each other."

We use "non-contact" as an adjective to describe various things in which contact isn't made:

Rugby is a contact sport; basketball is a non-contact sport.

Friction is a contact force, but the magnetic force is non-contact.

(Note magnetic force, not "magnet force")

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