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    Smile before vs until?

    hi.^^
    "she had had 3 plastic surgeries in the hospital (before) she had a beautiful face."

    could you replace 'before' in above sentence with 'until'?

    thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: before vs until?

    Quote Originally Posted by hyunminjeong
    hi.^^
    "she had had 3 plastic surgeries in the hospital (before) she had a beautiful face."

    could you replace 'before' in above sentence with 'until'?

    thank you in advance.
    Don`t mind if I do...

    Hello hyunminjeong, the short answer to that is NO. My long-winded, inarticulate answer would be:
    The sentence makes sense using the word "before", but is kinda "clunky". Try this instead:
    "She had to have three plastic surgeries before she had a beautiful face." This implies that she has already had three plastic surgeries, and is now beautiful.
    If you want to use the word "until", try this:
    "She won`t be beautiful until she has had three plastic surgeries."
    This implies that the surgeries are yet to happen, therefore she`s not yet beautiful.

    Make sense?

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    Default Re: before vs until?

    You could use 'until', ut it would be in a different position:
    She wasn't beautiful until she had had three plastic surgery operations.

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