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    "before" or "ago"

    About 12,000 one-room schoolhouses still remain now. Most are no longer utilized as schools, but many of the original one-rooms live on. Hundreds of them have been remodeled into private homes, community centers, day care centers, etc. Some have been preserved and moved to universities as symbolic buildings for contemporary colleges of education. Other have been restored as living history museums. In these, children can experience a day in school as their grandparents did many years before.

    For this sentence, In these, children can experience a day in school as their grandparents did many years BEFORE. Is it grammatically correct to use BEFORE? Should we replace it with AGO instead? Please advise.



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    Re: "before" or "ago"

    Either one can be used. Both are correct.

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    Re: "before" or "ago"

    My friend told me that he thought only AGO could be used in that sentence. He said if used BEFORE, the last sentence should be CHILDREN CAN EXPERIENCE... WHAT THEIR GRANDPARENTS HAD EXPERIENCED BEFORE.

    Any advise to make him understand that using before is ok?

    Thank you.

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    Re: "before" or "ago"

    Quote Originally Posted by sudarawee View Post
    My friend told me that he thought only AGO could be used in that sentence. He said if used BEFORE, the last sentence should be CHILDREN CAN EXPERIENCE... WHAT THEIR GRANDPARENTS HAD EXPERIENCED BEFORE.

    Any advice to make him understand that using before is ok?

    Thank you.
    You don't have to change the words in order to use "before". You also don't have to omit "many years".
    Maybe he thinks that "before" can only be used with perfect tense, but that is not true.
    Last edited by 2006; 19-Nov-2008 at 05:03.


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    Re: "before" or "ago"

    CHILDREN CAN EXPERIENCE... WHAT THEIR GRANDPARENTS HAD EXPERIENCED BEFORE.

    This would be appropriate (and make sense) if the grandparents were accompanying and participating with the children in this experience. Then, (from the grandparents' perspective), they had experienced that kind of day before.

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