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    Question ABOUT GRAMMAR

    "It had been raining before eight o’clock this morning"


    I read the above sentence in local newspaper.

    I have a question :

    Is there any grammar mistake in this sentence?

    Can I use "by" or "since" replace "before"?

    Thank you .

    From Tien-sung(Taiwan0


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    Re: ABOUT GRAMMAR

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    "It had been raining before eight o’clock this morning"


    I read the above sentence in local newspaper.

    I have a question :

    Is there any grammar mistake in this sentence?


    In most contexts, yes; but if the article were using the literary convention by which 'this morning' = 'the morning I'm talking about', then the sentence could make sense.
    Can I use "by" or "since" replace "before"?

    Thank you .

    From Tien-sung(Taiwan0
    The words 'by' and 'since' would, in their different ways, change the meaning. In these examples I have ommitted the 'this morning' as it complicates the issue.

    It had been raining before 8 o'clock, but when he left at 9.00 the rain had stopped.

    It had started raining by 8 o'clock, and when he left at 9.00 the rain was still falling.

    It had been spitting by 8 o'clock, and when he left at 9.00 the rain was really hammering down.


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