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1. before Preposition

(a) (in time, order) avant; ~ me avant moi; ~ I arrived 'avant mon arrivée, avant d'arriver; ~ he arrived avant son arrivée; ~ doing sth avant de faire qch; ~ arriving avant d'arriver; I did it ~ I arrived je l'ai fait avant d'arriver; the day ~ X la veille f de X, le jour avant X
(b) (frm or literary: in front of) devant; ~ the court devant le tribunal; to appear ~ the court comparaître

2. before Adverb

(a) (in time) avant, auparavant (frm); the day ~ la veille f, le jour d'avant; the evening before la veille au soir; two/days ~ deux/trois jours avant
(b) (=already) déjà; I've seen it ~ je l'ai déjà vu

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