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preface (something) by (doing something)

To do something as an introduction to something else. Often used in passive constructions. Let me preface this statement by first apologizing unreservedly for what has happened. She prefaced her speech by reading well wishes written friends and family from around who couldn't make it to the wedding. The ceremony was prefaced by a performance by the school choir.
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preface something by something

to begin something by saying, writing, or reading something. I would like to preface my prepared remarks by making a personal observation. Her remarks were prefaced by the reading of a poem.
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This volumes prefatory material includes a list of illustrations (viii-x), a general introduction (xi-xxxii), a French translator's preface by George Craig (xxxiii-xlii), a German translator's preface by Viola Westbrook (xliii-xlvii), editorial procedures (xlviii-lvi), permissions (lxx-lxxi), list of abbreviations (Ixxii-lxxvi), and an introduction to volume 1 (lxxvii-xcix).
6, Piano Solo--HN 804, by Ernst Herttrich; Preface by M.
Originally published in 1979, and now reissued with a new preface by the wife of the late author Sybil B.
BY SOREN KIERKEGAARD, TRANSLATED BY WALTER LOWRIE, PREFACE BY RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS
A new preface by the author graces the pages of Louie Louie: The History & Mythology Of The World's Most Famous Rock N Roll Song.
This book begins with a useful preface by the editor, Maria Teresa Borgato.