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    before and in front of

    Dear teachers,

    I found when referring to position "before" and "in front of" very confusing.
    One of the definition of before used as a prep. in the dictionary are: a) ahead of someone or something else in a list or order. The example given is "I think you were before me in the queue". This is easy to understand because the condition should be that there are more than one person or thing. b) in the same place, or in front of a person or crowd of people. The example given is "The accident took place right before my eyes. Then please read the sentence "She stood before the window". My questions are:

    1. Since window is something why "before" is used here?

    2. Can I replace "before" with "in front of" ? If I can does it mean there is no difference between the two?

    3. Please refer to my first example "I think you were before me in the queue" can I replace "before" with "in front of"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: before and in front of

    You could say 'in front of me' in the queue example, though the use of 'before' sounds a bit more polite. With the window example- we do use 'stand before'. If the window were a special window, it would make sense- I'd use stand before with something more remarkable than, say, a grocer's shop.

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    Re: before and in front of

    Dear todl,

    Thank you for your explanation. So I can use "in front of" in the window example. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    You could say 'in front of me' in the queue example, though the use of 'before' sounds a bit more polite. With the window example- we do use 'stand before'. If the window were a special window, it would make sense- I'd use stand before with something more remarkable than, say, a grocer's shop.

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    Re: before and in front of

    Hi! Tdol, what about "sit before me"?

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    Re: before and in front of

    If you're an authority, it will work.

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    Re: before and in front of

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    So I can use "in front of" in the window example. Is that right?

    Jiang
    Yes.

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    Re: before and in front of


    Dear tdol,

    Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Yes.

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    Re: before and in front of

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If you're an authority, it will work.
    Danke!

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    Re: before and in front of

    Bitte

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    Re: before and in front of


    What does this Danke mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Danke!

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