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    #1

    One ship Barnim had been repaired a year earlier or a year before

    Hello.

    In 2016, two ships belonging to XXX and YYY, underwent repairs in dry-docks of AMIGO Shipyard. One ship Barnim had been repaired a year earlier.


    Should the second sentence be written "One ship Barnim had been repaired a year earlier" or "One ship Barnim had been repaired a
    year before"?


    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: One ship Barnim had been repaired a year earlier or a year before

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello.

    In 2016, two ships belonging to XXX and YYY, underwent repairs in the dry-docks of AMIGO Shipyard. One ship, Barnim, had been repaired a year earlier.


    Should the second sentence be written "One ship, Barnim, had been repaired a year earlier" or "One ship, Barnim, had been repaired a year before"?
    Thank you.
    You can use either. They both mean the same.

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    #3

    Re: One ship Barnim had been repaired a year earlier or a year before

    Delete the comma after YYY.
    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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    #4

    Re: One ship Barnim had been repaired a year earlier or a year before

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Delete the comma after YYY.
    Or add one after "two ships". I prefer Barb's version though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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