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X is the name of a conference. Y is the name of a conference.

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following:

  • X is the major conference in our domain next to Y.
  • X is the major conference in our domain beside Y.
  • X is the major conference in our domain alongside Y.

I would also be interested in alternative formulations (if possible, without significantly altering the sentence structure).

The intended meaning is as follows: there exist many conferences in our domain, X and Y are the two major conferences, and X is on a par with Y.

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If X and Y really are equal, why not say so?

X and Y are the major conferences in our domain

If they are not equal and X is the more imoortant, it would be better to say

X is the major conference in our domain, followed by Y

If the difference between X and Y is small, yiu could say "closely followed by"

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  • Thanks, X and Y are the major conferences in our domain is nice but I would prefer to have Y mentioned somewhere around the end of the sentence. – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 17 '16 at 3:09

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