He often recalls the time before he went to school and it was wonderful.

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Robby Zhu

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China - Mandarin
hi all :)

<He often recalls the time before he went to school and it was wonderful.>

Does the word "before" here works as a conjunction that introduces a relative clause, because I think it modifies the time.
But to my knowledge, "before" cannot introduce a relative clause .So how do you pharse sentence, or maybe it is not grammatical.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 
  • rhitagawr

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    British English
    It sounds all right to me. It's not a relative clause. Before doesn't qualify or describe time. It's a time clause. It tells us when the time was: before he went to school.
    (Personally I'd have a comma after school so that people don't think the sentence means before it was wonderful.)
    Where did you find this quote, Robby?
     

    Robby Zhu

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    China - Mandarin
    Hi,rhitagawr,thanks for your help.:thumbsup:
    Actually, I have read it In a collection of so called "hard to pharse" sentences (a collection made by non native English speakers). So I have no idea where it originally came from.
     
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