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    Hello,

    I need your opinion regarding these two sentences:

    -If you want to use these materials, you will have to inform me a long time beforehand. (Would it be better to use "before").


    -I want my pupils to understand what I explain without (me?) shouting. (Would it be better to use "I'm explaining", even thought this sentence is about a general situation?).

    Thanks a lot
    W

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    Smile Re: 2 sentences

    I'm a student.
    beforehand is a adverb, and before is a conjunction.
    I would like to say 'If you want to use these materials, you will have to inform me beforehand'.

    The second sentence is correct, I think. 'I want my pupils to understand what I explain without shouting.'

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    Talking Re: 2 sentences

    Could I have the opinion of a native speaker for this one?

    Cheers
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    Default Re: 2 sentences

    I want my pupils to understand what I am explaining without me shouting. - sounds better

    not a teacher

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    Default Re: 2 sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello,

    I need your opinion regarding these two sentences:

    -If you want to use these materials, you will have to inform me a long time beforehand. (Would it be better to use "before").


    -I want my pupils to understand what I explain without (me?) shouting. (Would it be better to use "I'm explaining", even thought this sentence is about a general situation?).

    Thanks a lot
    W
    1. "beforehand".
    2. "I'm explaining".

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    Default Re: 2 sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post

    -If you want to use these materials, you will have to inform me a long time beforehand. (Would it be better to use "before").

    Thanks a lot
    W
    "a long time' is not the best phrase, because it doesn't explain the reason.
    How about:
    "If you want to use these materials, you will have to give me sufficient/adequate notice."
    In any case, you're going to have to explain what 'a long time' or 'sufficient notice' means to you.

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    Default Re: 2 sentences

    A simpler way to put it:
    If you want to use these materials, you will have to let me know early.

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    Wink Re: 2 sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1. "beforehand".
    2. "I'm explaining".
    Thank you bhaisahab.

    1-If I use "before" in this case, is it a mistake?

    2-Why can't it be "I explain"? Here, I'm talking about a "general rule", somehow.

    Thank you very much for your help.
    W
    Last edited by Will17; 21-May-2010 at 14:55.

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    Default Re: 2 sentences

    uuup!

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    Default Re: 2 sentences

    I also think you need to be more specific about the timescale:

    If you want to use these materials, you'll have to let me at least a week in advance (or a week beforehand).

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