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    preposition

    The cat sat waiting for me to put her bowl in front of / before her.

    Which of the prepositions should be used?

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    Re: preposition

    They are both correct but 'in front of' is much more widely used.


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    Re: preposition

    Thanks, Bhaisahab. I've got a feeling that 'before' is a more semantically complex preposition. It may imply some functional relationship between objects in addition to location. For example, if you are talking about an object of worshiping, you would say 'we went down on our knees before X' rather than 'in front of', wouldn't you?

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    Re: preposition

    Yes you would. As you say 'before' is more complex and has more implications than just physical placement.

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