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    is the "before" here logically right?

    May I say "Sometimes, I failed to get familiar with new neighbors before they moved away." Is "before" here correctly used?
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    Re: is the "before" here logically right?

    Quote Originally Posted by bean066 View Post
    May I say "Sometimes, I failed to get familiar with new neighbors before they moved away." Is "before" here correctly used?
    Thank you in advance.
    "Before" is fine. The rest of the sentence is a little clunky. "Sometimes" almost means "habitually". You have used "I failed" so you are talking about the past so I would change the construction.

    "In the past, I have failed to get to know my neighbours before they moved away."

    If you do want to make it a habitual action, you can say:
    "Sometimes, I fail to get to know my neighbours before they move away."

    As you can see, I have used "to get to know" rather than "to get familiar with". The former is much more natural. Some people will say that "to get familiar with" means that you become quite intimate with someone, more than just friendly.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Nov-2013 at 11:39.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: is the "before" here logically right?

    Your instructions are very helpful and clear. Thank you!

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