Is there any difference in nuance between "instead" and "instead of"?
Good question, yes, there is a difference between "instead" and "instead of", however, it is mostly a difference in grammar. "Instead" is an adverb that is normally used at the beginning or end of a sentence to mean "as a replacement to" or "as an alternative to". The phrase "instead of" is a preposition used to show that one thing replaces another. "Instead of" is always used in the middle of a sentence. Ex: I made some coffee but now I want tea instead. Ex: I drank tea instead of coffee.
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