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    first / before

    Hi,

    i am wondering if both of the following sentences acceptable

    "I just want to give him the warning before I punish him"
    "I just want to give him the warning first before I punish him"

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    Re: first / before

    Quote Originally Posted by jchtse View Post
    Hi,

    I am wondering if both of the following sentences are acceptable:

    "I just want to give him a warning before I punish him."
    "I xxx want to give him a warning first, before I punish him."
    Mind your punctuation!

    You might also think about the word if versus whether. I think it's a matter of personal preference, but you could look them up to see if there's a big difference.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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