I'm paraphrasing my sentences in example but :

I don’t miss an establishment that profits from the poor. In its stead; I hold fond memories of noun, noun, and noun.

Am I using 'In its stead' correctly? I'm using the its part, of the In its stead phrase, to refer to the first statement. I dont know if that's correct or coming across as I would like. Thanks in advance!

  • Use a comma or no punctuation. The semicolon is incorrect. Jul 28, 2022 at 5:50
  • No, "in its stead" is a preposition phrase, not a clause. Drop the semicolon (a comma is optionally possible). See James K's answer for further info.
    – BillJ
    Jul 28, 2022 at 8:33

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"In its stead" is not a clause (there's no verb). It is a prepositional phrase.

The meaning is similar to "In its place". You could say "We knocked down the old establishment. In its stead we built a school." The school was built in the place of the old establishment. Or you could say. "The boss is ill. In her stead, I will be chairing the meeting." You are taking the place of the boss.

You aren't a replacement for the old establishment, so you aren't using the phrase correctly. You can use some linking phrase like "On the other hand". or "Nevertheless".

  • I don't think any American would ever use that phrase. Jul 28, 2022 at 9:14

I'm guessing it's an archaic idiom.

Instead would be most common today.

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