before vs after

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.

We had engaged a very nice mare and stanhope, which we knew we could depend upon, when, the day before the race, the chestnut was declared lame, and not a presentable four-legged animal was to be hired in

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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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

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

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

Shah went forth with her for a distance of three parasangs; after which he bade farewell to her and the Wazir and those with him, and returned to his home in gladness and safety.

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