after vs before

after

Definitions

adverb

  1. happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
  2. behind or in the rear

adjective

  1. located farther aft

Examples

She was all cold and bedraggled after falling into the river.

The Staff of Volans has a limited supply of magic energy. Roll a dice after each spell is cast.

The right back found himself in unfamiliar territory in the opposing penalty area after a swift exchange of passes that opened up Reading's defence.

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before

Definitions

adverb

  1. at or in the front
  2. earlier in time; previously

Examples

Ask for an aged standing rib roast from the forequarter, trimmed and chined; bring to room temperature before roasting.

The bombardment of the GPO had fascinated MacMurrough: the annunciatory puffs of smoke and the flames that roared to greet them; then the crashing gun’s report, the shell’s eruption—an illogical sequence, effect before cause, an object lesson in the madness of war.

Before you know it, all the Sandy Clarks and Billy Starks doing the media rounds are back in business until the next time they are given their jotters for failing to meet fans' expectations.

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