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Grammar

before (preposition)

Before as a preposition, is normally used to refer to time. For example, I must get home before nine o’ clock. However, it can refer to place or position in the following ways:

To talk about order in queues, lists, documents etc

Example:
Could you move back please? I was before/in front of you.
We use a before a consonant and an before a vowel

To mean ‘in the presence of somebody important.’

Example:
He is supposed to appear before the magistrates on Monday for negligent driving.

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