Instead

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Definition

instead of (doing something): an alternative to (doing something), rather than (doing something)
preposition, adverb
Instead of precedes a noun or a gerund (verb + -ing):

I would prefer tea instead of coffee.
Instead of asking questions, you should just start working.

instead (end of sentence): rather than the other thing, in place of the other thing
adverb
The adverb instead (without of) is used at the end of a sentence:

They needed a banker, but they got a consultant instead.

Examples

  • "Instead, I intend to ruin the reputation of a good man through a combination of rumors, internet research and wild speculation*."
  • "SAY VV OR FF INSTEAD OF TH SOUND - SAY 'MUVVER' NOT 'MOTHER', 'MAUFF' NOT 'MOUTH'"
  • "I had mashed potatoes instead of a steak!"
  • "I thought that returning to the continent would bring me closer to my roots, instead it has shown me the terrifying consequences of disrupting the European Union."
  • "Instead, it's a desperate one."
  • "
    (My suggestion would be to use those plastic 'ponchos' instead.
    "
  • "Edward : No, I wanted mashed potatoes instead of the steak and fries."
  • "Actually, could I have mashed potatoes instead?"
  • "Tell me a little about yourself instead."
  • "Philip : Well normally I'd say hell yes, but why don't we just get down to business instead?"

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