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Would any one let me know the correct usage of instead of?

Here, I have written an example.

In this example case, if we traverse from vertex 2 to 3, in stead of vertex 2 to 4, the problem can be solved.

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closed as not a real question by MετάEd, choster, StoneyB, JSBձոգչ, tchrist Nov 30 '12 at 1:38

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You use "in lieu of" in lieu of "instead of" why? – MετάEd Nov 29 '12 at 17:03
@MετάEd: thought both are same,, I changed it – gnp Nov 29 '12 at 17:04
Your question is about "instead of". But your example was first "in lieu of", now "in stead of". This is still very confusing. Are you asking about "instead", "in lieu", or "in stead"? Or all three at once? – MετάEd Nov 29 '12 at 17:21
actually it was instead of, but i put so as both are same. sorry for the confusion – gnp Nov 29 '12 at 17:32
Do you have a question about in stead of ? (Ie, about in, space, stead, space, of) If so, ask it. If not, delete the extra space. -1 until then – jwpat7 Nov 29 '12 at 19:30
up vote 4 down vote accepted

That is pretty much correct.

Another example, "Tonight we are having pasta instead of chicken for dinner."

You use "instead of" to signify choosing one thing over another without necessarily commenting on the merits of either.

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