first / before
i am wondering if both of the following sentences acceptable
"I just want to give him the warning before I punish him"
"I just want to give him the warning first before I punish him"
Re: first / before
Mind your punctuation!
Originally Posted by jchtse
You might also think about the word if versus whether. I think it's a matter of personal preference, but you could look them up to see if there's a big difference.
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