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    Before Christmas

    Can I say, "I cancelled the party on 22th. DEC before Christmas." I know it will be easy for you but I am really serious about whether this sentence is okay to use or not. Please help me out again. Thank you.

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    Re: Before Christmas

    I would think most people who know about Christmas, know that Dec 22 is before Christmas.

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    Re: Before Christmas

    I agree - it's not very natural to give the date Dec 22 (or 22 Dec -- I don't think 22th. DEC is a natural way to write the date) as well as say it was before Christmas.

    I cancelled the party on 22 December.
    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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    Re: Before Christmas

    Thank you, and then how about "I met party planners yesterday before her birthday party" Can I say the sentence and the context is that her birthday party is being planned but it is in a week.

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    Re: Before Christmas

    No, that sounds like her party was yesterday and you met with them before it. Of course you meet with the party planner before the party; there is little point meeting to plan it after the event is over.

    Yesterday, I met with the party planners to finalize/go over the details for/discuss her birthday party next week.

    Why don't you tell us what you're trying to do and we'll be able to help you more effectively than saying "No, that's not right."
    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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    Re: Before Christmas

    Thank you. Actually I asked the similar questions of others before and some said that "two days ago" is the same with "before the meeting" in this sentence, "I met them two days ago before the meeting" But if it were true, Christmas should be on 22 DEC in my first example. I think the date in 'before' can be the same or not, depending on contexts. What do you think?

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    Re: Before Christmas

    Context and logic mean everything in a sentence like this.
    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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