A <void><vacuum> left by/behind something

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What preposition would you use in this example?

A void/vacuum left by/behind/behind by something or someone.

By sounds the most neutral to me, but I wonder whether it doesn't imply that the vacuum/void has been created intentionally (which is not what I want to convey).

Thank you! :)
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think you’d have to use either “left behind by” or e.g. “left by the departure of”. Just “left by someone” doesn’t really explain it.

    You could also use “a void/vacuum created by…”.


    Senior Member
    English English
    You can say either 'a void left by' or 'left behind by'. Both have the possible implication of 'left intentionally', but in context this would not be understood. If some thing or some person was present and then departed, they leave a void (behind).


    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    I would prefer to avoid "behind" here. When someone moves away and leaves a void behind, it sounds like it was their void and they forgot to take it with them.
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