One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a clever advertising campaign preceded the film’
come before, go before, go in advance of, lead up to, lead to, pave the way for, prepare the way for, set the scene for, herald, introduce, usher in, antecede, predate, antedate
archaic forego, prevene
2‘he opened the door and allowed Catherine to precede him into the studio’
go ahead of, go in front of, go before
go first, lead the way
3‘he preceded the book with a collection of poems’
preface, prefix, introduce, begin, open, launch
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