Unit 9.2

Before as Conjunction

Conjunctions

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Introduction

Conjunctions are words that function as a link between clauses in sentences. {See Conjunctions, A1 level}

Before is used as a conjunction to refer to the order of actions in a sentence.

Form

Before connects clauses in a sentence and belongs to the conjunctions of time.

It can have two different positions:
Before + Clause 1 + , + Clause 2
Clause 1 + Before + Clause 2

NOTE: When we talk about future events, we should use the present tense after before.

Example

  • Before you set the table, get the plates out.
    Get the plates out before you set the table.
  • Wash the pumpkin before you start cooking it.
    Before you start cooking, wash the pumpkin.
  • They will buy some peas before they come back home.
    Before they come back home, they will buy some peas.

Use

We use before to refer to the order of actions. It indicates that the clause it introduces happens later than the other clause.

Summary

We can use before as a conjunction to refer to the order of actions in a sentence.

We start with the word before followed by a clause, a comma and another clause. We can also start with a clause followed by the word before and another clause (we don’t use a comma here).

For example:
Before you eat it, wash the fruit.” / “Wash the fruit before you eat it.” = First you need to wash the fruit and then eat it.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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