PRE/n (Preceded by n Words) Connector

Use the PRE/n connector to find documents in which the first search word precedes the second by not more than the stated number of words. As with W/n, both words must be in the same section.

Note: PRE/n connectors cannot be used in combination with W/s or W/p connectors.

For example, the following search finds documents in which "digital" precedes "television" by three or fewer words:

digital PRE/3 television

PRE/n is primarily useful in situations where a different word order significantly alters meaning. For example, "summary judgment" is significantly different from "judgment summary."

If you are searching for individuals whose names might produce undesired results if used in reverse order, such as George Michael, consider using the PRE/n connector.

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