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    Default At least 3 days before/in advance?

    I have some questions for you, teachers.
    It is recommended that you register for the seminar to be held next Friday at least 3 days _ _ _ _ due to the limited number of seats.
    (a) before (b) in advance

    I thought the answer is 'before'. But the book says, if before can be the answer, there has to be a particular time after before, for example, 'at least 3 days before you register.'

    And one more question.

    I saw her few hours ago. / I saw her few hours before.

    Between these two sentences, which one is correct?
    I think both are correct, but some people say second one is wrong.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: At least 3 days before/in advance?

    It's more natural to use 'in advance', but I wouldn't say 'before' was wrong.

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    Default Re: At least 3 days before/in advance?

    I would say that either "in advance" or "beforehand" could be used but I wouldn't use "before" on its own in that particular sentence.

    With your other example, firstly we say "I saw her a few days ..."
    I would only use "I saw her a few days ago".
    You can use "before" with a different tense though. "I last saw Sarah on Tuesday. I had seen her a few days before when we went to a wedding together."

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