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    Default before 10 years OR before 10 years ago?

    The film was released 10 years ago

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    The film was released before 10 years ago.

    Which one is right?

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    Default Re: before 10 years OR before 10 years ago?

    The film was released 10 years ago.

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    Default Re: before 10 years OR before 10 years ago?

    Though as 5jj's signature line reminds us, context matters. I can create a context for the other. What did you plan for it to mean?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: before 10 years OR before 10 years ago?

    While "The film was released before 10 years ago" is possible in the right context, I find it a bit "clunky". I would say "The film was released more than ten years ago".

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    Default Re: before 10 years OR before 10 years ago?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    While "The film was released before 10 years ago" is possible in the right context, I find it a bit "clunky". I would say "The film was released more than ten years ago".
    But what if a movie is re-released, so the same movie comes out again, but in now in 3D (this happens nowadays quite often). The non-3D version of this film came out 10 years ago. Can you then say that the movie was released before 10 years ago?
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 01-Aug-2012 at 13:03. Reason: rephrased my question so it's more clear

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    Default Re: before 10 years OR before 10 years ago?

    Can you then say that the movie was released before 10 years ago?
    You can say the movie was released 10 years ago. Or that the movie was released before, 10 years ago.

    In the latter, you are first stating that the movie was previously released, then giving more information about exactly when.

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    Default Re: before 10 years OR before 10 years ago?

    Thank you all it really helped

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