Precedent versus Precendence

Guest   Tue May 15, 2007 4:39 pm GMT
Hello all,
Recently, I've read a text written by an educated person for whom English is the native tongue.
She wrote...
"Also, it is expected that any business requirement or emergency will take precedent over a planned early departure."

Should it not have been "... will take precedenCE over..."?
Or has my grammar been flawed for years!

Thanks in advance for your input.
Josh Lalonde   Tue May 15, 2007 4:42 pm GMT
You're right. It should be 'precedence'.
furrykef   Wed May 16, 2007 12:15 am GMT
Indeed it should be "precedence", but it's easy for me to see how that sort of error can happen.