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 Post subject: "before" vs "previously"
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:51 pm 
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I have already seen this.
I have seen this previously.
I have seen this earlier.
I have seen this before.

Which of these are correct, and which are wrong?

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 Post subject: Re: "before" vs "previously"
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:54 pm 
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They are all correct.

There is nuance in which you choose. And, with any language, context is important.

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 Post subject: Re: "before" vs "previously"
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:02 pm 
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I'm interested about the last sentence. Can you simply use a plain "before" vis-a-vis "before that incident happened".

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 Post subject: Re: "before" vs "previously"
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Yes.

https://youtu.be/MN3x-kAbgFU

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 Post subject: Re: "before" vs "previously"
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:23 pm 
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Jack3 wrote:
I'm interested about the last sentence. Can you simply use a plain "before" vis-a-vis "before that incident happened".


Yes. In the sentence you presented in your first post, were I listening, I would assume that you had seen it at some undefined time outside the recent past. The adverb "before", in this case, implies a vagueness. Because I wouldn't know when "before" was.

In the instance of the quote above, "before" signals a sequence -- that is something was seen and, later, an incident happened.

Again, context. "I've seen this before." could indicate a rejection -- if in response to a question such as, "Would you like to look at this car before you make your purchase decision?" Or, it could indicate uncertainty. As in looking at something that seems familiar, but which you can't recall -- "I've seen this before. But I can't recall where or when."

Context.

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 Post subject: Re: "before" vs "previously"
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:26 pm 
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Thank you

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