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Despite a lot of preparation, we didn’t win the contest.
The experience was good preparation for a career in journalism.
All notes used in the preparation of the main report should be retained for reference.
The flowers were ordered in preparation for the wedding.
Other volumes on animal behaviour are in preparation.
NATO continued its military preparations.
The managers were busy with preparations for the conference.
Organizers are making final preparations for next week’s festival.
Preparations are well under way for a week of special events in May.