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When I use Microsoft Word, it shows me that the word proceed is wrong with the following sentence:

This is the only way I can proceed with school

and it corrects it to the following:

This is the only way I can precede with school

Which one is correct?

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I think "proceed" is correct in your sentence. proceed vs. precede: grammarist.com/usage/precede-proceed –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Jun 19 '12 at 18:45
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Was it a red squigley or a green squigley? If green, you can disregard as Word doesn't know grammar. If it was a red squigley, then I guess word doesn't know spelling either. Proceed is a word. –  Matt Эллен Jun 19 '12 at 19:02
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@Matt: "Precede" is also a word. :P –  Fr0zenFyr Jun 19 '12 at 19:28
    
If license allows and is friendly enough, I would recommend almost any other word processor in existence: scribus.net libreoffice.org abisource.com jarte.com documenteditor.codeplex.com lyx.org or even openoffice.org –  shinyspoongod Jun 19 '12 at 20:41
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The fact that Word is getting this wrong takes the question out of the realm of general reference. –  Bobbi Bennett Jun 19 '12 at 21:03
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closed as general reference by Peter Shor , FrustratedWithFormsDesigner, Barrie England, Mahnax, FumbleFingers Jun 19 '12 at 20:31

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"Proceed" is definitely correct.

"Proceed" means "to continue or go onward" with something esp. after a break. "Precede" means "going before/ahead" of someone/something/place/time.

I don't see how someone can "go before the position of school" in this context, that doesn't make any sense!

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