English Lesson: Future Time with After & Before

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We can use after and before to talk about the future. Have you had trouble with this? Let me help you out by showing you these two patterns.

We use after + simple present tense verb to make a future time clause. Don’t use will or be going to with after. If the future time clause comes at the beginning of the sentence, put a comma at the end of the clause

  • After I get to my office, I will make a pot of coffee.
  • After they get home, they will watch the news
  • Joe said he will call you after he finishes work.
  • I’ll see you after I have my meeting with Fred.

We also use before + simple present tense verb to make a future time clause. Don’t use will or be going to with after. As with after, if the future time clause comes at the beginning of the sentence, put a comma at the end of the clause

  • Before I get to my office, I will stop at the coffee shop.
  • Before they get home, they will stop by Joe’s house
  • Joe said he will call you before he finishes work.
  • I’ll see you before I have my meeting with Fred.

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