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    The meaning of `to`

    Before - used to say that something happens after a period of time
    1. It was several minutes before we realised what was happening.
    2. It will be a while before we know the results.

    from:http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/before
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    What''s the exact meaning of was and be?
    I tried to look the word up in the dictionaries but I don't know about that.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: The meaning of `to`

    Having read the last sentence above, I think a link is missing.
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    Re: The meaning of `to`

    What's any of that got to do with, 'the meaning of to'?
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    Re: The meaning of `to`

    1. Several minutes passed before ...
    2. A while will pass before ...
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    Re: The meaning of `to`

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    Before - used to say that something happens after a period of time
    1. It "was" several minutes before we realised what was happening.
    2. It will "be" a while before we know the results.

    from:http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/before
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    So does "was" mean "took"? And does "be" mean "take"?
    Last edited by GoldfishLord; 25-Sep-2017 at 14:55.

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    Re: The meaning of `to`

    You can substitute those words in this case. Yes, that's what they "mean", though I wouldn't use that term.

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    Re: The meaning of `to`

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldfishLord View Post
    So does "was" mean "took"? And does "be" mean "take"?
    No, and no. You can substitute took for was and take for be in your examples, but it's not a general rule.
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