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    Using "before" as a preposition with "gerund" following

    Is this sentence correct:

    "Before going to work, the payment should be paid."

    I have the impression the above is wrong as the missing subject in the first part is a person (e.g "I" or "you") whereas the subject in the second part is "the payment". I somehow have the impression this should be the same - as in, "Before going to work, I took a shower.".

    Am I correct on this? Is the first sentence above OK grammatically?

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    Re: Using "before" as a preposition with "gerund" following

    Quote Originally Posted by englishteacher79 View Post
    Is this sentence correct?

    "Before going to work, the payment should be made."

    I have the impression the above is wrong as the missing subject in the first part is a person (e.g "I" or "you") whereas the subject in the second part is "the payment". I somehow have the impression this should be the same - as in, "Before going to work, I took a shower." You're right, the first contains a dangling participle. Your alternative is fine.
    See dangling participle.

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    Re: Using "before" as a preposition with "gerund" following

    Quote Originally Posted by englishteacher79 View Post
    Is this sentence correct:

    "Before going to work, the payment should be paid."

    I have the impression the above is wrong as the missing subject in the first part is a person (e.g "I" or "you") whereas the subject in the second part is "the payment". I somehow have the impression this should be the same - as in, "Before going to work, I took a shower.".

    Am I correct on this? Is the first sentence above OK grammatically?
    The sentence is not correct. As written, the payment is going to work. You are correct.

    Before going to work, I made the payment.
    Before going to work, you should make the payment.

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    Re: Using "before" as a preposition with "gerund" following

    I knew I was somehow right! Thanks for the responses guys!

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