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    Lightbulb Before OR in front of ???

    Hellooo

    I have such a small question

    What's the difference between

    Before and in front of , that both of them have the same meaning but can we use either of them in the same place of any sentence

    E.g . I stood before her
    I stood in front of her

    Is there any difference between the first sentence and the second one ?? o

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    Re: Before OR in front of ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Shakespeare View Post
    Hellooo

    I have such a small question

    What's the difference between

    Before and in front of , that both of them have the same meaning but can we use either of them in the same place of any sentence

    E.g . I stood before her
    I stood in front of her

    Is there any difference between the first sentence and the second one ?? o

    I hope you can help me
    and I shall thank thee
    In your example sentence, before and in front of are interchangeable. Before sounds more formal.


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    Re: Before OR in front of ???

    before may refer to place and time
    in front of can refer to place but not time

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    Question Re: Before OR in front of ???

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    before may refer to place and time
    in front of can refer to place but not time
    What about this:
    I think you've got a brilliant career in front of you.


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    Re: Before OR in front of ???

    It is staring you in the face. It is on your doorbell.
    Yes, it can refer to time. That possibility did not enter my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    It is staring you in the face. It is on your doorbell.
    Yes, it can refer to time. That possibility did not enter my head.
    Before can be used interchangeably with in front of in that example sentence as well.

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    Re: Before OR in front of ???

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    Before can be used interchangeably with in front of in that example sentence as well.
    We can't say 'Come in front of 2 o'clock' instead of 'Come before 2 o'clock' however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    We can't say 'Come in front of 2 o'clock' instead of 'Come before 2 o'clock' however.
    Exactly.
    That is the only possibility of in front of referring to a time event I could think of.


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    Re: Before OR in front of ???

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Before can be used interchangeably with in front of in that example sentence as well.
    Apparently, all before are in front of, but not all in front of are before.

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    Re: Before OR in front of ???

    Why'd you take up so much space for such a small question?

    'I stood before her.' is ambiguous. You might have got up first!!

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