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    #1

    I had many dreams before marriage to be a good husband.

    Hello all users!

    There is something fishy about this sentence in question. In my unprofessional opinion, the sentence is not properly formulated.

    I would write is as follows:

    I had many dreams about being a good husband before marriage.

    I had many dreams, before marriage, about being a good husband.

    I had many dreams about being a good husband before getting married.

    Before marriage, I had many dreams about being a good husband.

    Before getting married, I had many dreams about being a good husband.


    I would never connect "I had many dreams" with "to be a good husband".

    Aware of my fallibility, I prefer to check with you.

    Which version (if any) written by me is acceptable to you?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by JACEK1; 07-Mar-2014 at 21:57.

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    #2

    Re: I had many dreams before marriage to be a good husband.

    I agree with you that "I had many dreams ... to be a good husband" is unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I had many dreams before marriage to be a good husband.

    It also may suggest that once you got married, you realized it was hopeless and became a bad husband.
    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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