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    Prior to and before (questions about tenses)

    I read several sentences using prior to and before, and I was wondering if the tenses used are correct:

    1) Prior to his becoming a teacher at ABC school, Mr. XXX taught English at XXX College.
    [analysis: his becoming a teacher is a past event, so should taught be changed to 'had taught'? Or both are okay?]

    2) Before joining ABC school, she has also worked in the education sector.
    [analysis: She joined ABC school some time ago and the present perfect 'has worked' should be incorrect]

    3) Before joining ABC school, Ms XXX started teaching in Malaysia.
    [the use of the verb 'started' seems strange; perhaps 'taught' should be used?]

    Thank you very much

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    Re: Prior to and before (questions about tenses)

    1 Both are OK.
    2 I wouldn't use the present perfect.
    3 Taught works better for me.

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