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    Default laid down before vs laid down to

    Hi, this is my first post and I am having trouble distinguishing the difference between the two sentences below:

    The conditions laid down before them were not too limiting.
    The conditions laid down to them were not too limiting.

    The first sentences is the more commonly heard and seen in my experience and the second sentence is actually the first time I have seen it. I first thought using 'to' was wrong but somehow a grammar book I was studying had it there. So my question is are the two sentences different? If so, how are they different? Would be much appreciated if you could elaborate with examples (if possible).

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: laid down before vs laid down to

    Quote Originally Posted by yson038 View Post
    Hi, this is my first post and I am having trouble distinguishing the difference between the two sentences below:

    The conditions laid down before them were not too limiting.
    The conditions laid down to them were not too limiting.

    The first sentences is the more commonly heard and seen in my experience and the second sentence is actually the first time I have seen it. I first thought using 'to' was wrong but somehow a grammar book I was studying had it there. So my question is are the two sentences different? If so, how are they different? Would be much appreciated if you could elaborate with examples (if possible).

    Thank you in advance!
    Neither one is natural English.

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