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    tenses with before

    Hi everybody,

    Is this sentence correct?

    `My parents and I had a nice meal before I return home tomorrow.`

    Question: Is it possible to use the present tense although the first part
    is in the past tense or should this sentence be like this:

    `My parents and I had a nice meal before I was going to return home tomorrow.`

    What about this?

    `I cleaned the whole flat a few hours ago before my mother comes back later on.`


    Question: Is the combination of the past tense and present tense possible.
    or should the sentence read:

    `I cleaned the whole flat a few hours ago before my mother was going to come back later on.`


    The present tense refers to the future. In the first sentence the
    present tense also refers to the future.


    Looking forward to your opinions

    Joern

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    Re: tenses with before

    "My parents and I had a nice meal the evening before I went home."
    "I cleaned the whole flat a few hours before my mother came back.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: tenses with before

    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    Question: Is it possible to use the present tense although the first part is in the past tense
    I think it is possible in 'My parents and I had a nice meal yesterday, and I am going home tomorrow.'
    I am not a teacher.

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