One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he locked all the doors before going to bed’
prior to, previous to, earlier than, preparatory to, in preparation for, preliminary to, in anticipation of, in expectation of
in advance of, ahead of, leading up to, on the eve of
rare anterior to
2‘he was ordered to appear before Sir Robert’
in front of, in the presence of, in the sight of
before the very eyes of, under the nose of
3‘he lived up to the tradition of death before dishonour’
in preference to, rather than, sooner than, above, over, instead of
1‘she had never confided in anyone before’
previously, before now, before then, until now, until then, up to now, up to then
earlier, formerly, hitherto, in the past, in days gone by
2‘a small party went on before’
ahead, in front, in advance, in the lead
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