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    The Sunday Before

    He had been working the sunday before

    Which day is the sunday before here?

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    #2

    Re: The Sunday Before

    Hello V.,

    Begin on the day to which the statement relates. Work backwards until you reach a Sunday. That Sunday is "the Sunday before".

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    #3

    Re: The Sunday Before

    isn't it more common and natural to say "last Sunday"?
    just a student.
    thanks.

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    #4

    Re: The Sunday Before

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    isn't it more common and natural to say "last Sunday"?
    just a student.
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    No, there may be a discussion about a particular event, possibly weeks or months earlier.

    "There was a big party on Monday Aug. 15, but he couldn't attend, he was working the Sunday before, and was still out of town."

    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: The Sunday Before

    "He'd been working the previous Sunday and was still out of town."

    do you think it's possible?
    thanks.

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    #6

    Re: The Sunday Before

    Yes, that's fine.

    He had worked the prior Sunday and so...
    He has worked the previous Sunday and so...
    He has worked the Sunday before and so...

    {not a teacher}

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    #7

    Re: The Sunday Before

    That's fine also.

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    Re: The Sunday Before

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    isn't it more common and natural to say "last Sunday"?
    just a student.
    thanks.
    It was a reported speech.

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    #9

    Re: The Sunday Before

    You still need to have the reference of the date of the reported speech.

    If the speech was done within the week, you could say "the speech was made on Wednesday, he wrote it last Sunday."

    If the speech was made a month ago, it has to be "the Sunday before/previous/prior."

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