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    Hello,

    I would like to have your opinion about the following sentence:

    There is a difficult situation at the office. I know my boss has a tough task before him.

    I am mainly concerned about the preposition. Is it correct to use "before"? Does it sound natural?

    Thank you for helping me.
    Last edited by ratóncolorao; 29-Nov-2011 at 17:51.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to have your opinion about the following sentence:

    There is a difficult situation at the office. I know, my boss has a tough task before him.

    I am mainly concerned about the preposition. Is it correct to use "before"? Does it sound natural?

    Thank you for helping me.
    It's not very natural in modern English, I'd use "in front of".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's not very natural in modern English, I'd use "in front of".

    What about "ahead of"?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    What about "ahead of"?

    Thank you.
    Yes, that would be OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to have your opinion about the following sentence:

    There is a difficult situation at the office. I know, my boss has a tough task before him.

    I am mainly concerned about the preposition. Is it correct to use "before"? Does it sound natural?

    Thank you for helping me.
    I would use "ahead of". I'm wondering why there is a comma after "I know".

    I know my boss has a tough task ahead of him.

    Or did you mean a silent repetition of the first part of the statement, effectively making it "I know there's a difficult situation at the office, [because] my boss has a tough task ahead of him".

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would use "ahead of". I'm wondering why there is a comma after "I know".

    I know my boss has a tough task ahead of him.

    Or did you mean a silent repetition of the first part of the statement, effectively making it "I know there's a difficult situation at the office, [because] my boss has a tough task ahead of him".
    Oops! Just a slip of the pen.

    Thank you.

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    There is a difficult situation at the office. I know my boss has a tough task before him.
    I read it as a dialogue with the quotes missing.

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