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    before you?

    Is it ok to say "Sorry, I cannot come, I made appointment with someone before you." or do I have to say "I made appointment with someone before I made appointment with you". Which is correct?

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    Re: before you?

    No, don't say it that way.

    It sounds like they want to meet at 3, but you have an appointment at 2.

    Say "I'm sorry, I can't come. I have a prior engagement."

    That means the other appointment existed before the request from one you've received from the speaker.


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