I saw this sentence in the dictionary

We are ahead by six points.

I am wondering what the opposite meaning of this sentence is?

1 Answer 1


"Behind" is the opposite to "ahead" metaphorically as well as literally, including in this case.

  • So I can say "We are behind by six points" Is that correct?
    – jakesamz
    Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 4:50
  • It may sound more idiomatically natural to say "We are six points behind", and in the same way I would word the original sentence in the same way: "We are six points ahead". This is a very minor point. Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 7:44
  • Both sound natural to me. Perhaps it's regional
    – Mary
    Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 12:28

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