5 points ahead clear/X

redgiant

Senior Member
Cantonese, Hong Kong
Is it better to include "clear" in "Manchester United is 5 points clear ahead of Manchester City" if you want to stress that Manchester United is leading in the league standings, 5 points ahead of City and far ahead of the rest of the teams around the league. Thanks~

Manchester United are now five points ahead of rivals Manchester City, after a game which saw shots from both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young reach the back of the net in the last 10 minutes of the match.

http://www.craveonline.com/sports/reviews/185991-manchester-united-go-five-points-clear-of-manchester-city-

Manchester United have now only 2 points clear ahead of Manchester United.
http://www.90soccer.com/international/epl-imported/ashley-young-on-aston-villa-his-former-club/
 
  • sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    For me, it has to be "five points clear of ..." or "five points ahead of ...", but not "five points clear ahead of ...", which I have never heard before and sounds unidiomatic to me.
     
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