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before
British English: /bɪˈfɔː/
American English: /bəˈfɔr/

Translation of before in Italian:

preposition

  • 5 (American English) (in time expressions) See examples:ten before six
    le sei meno dieci
  • 6 (in front of)
    davanti a
    she appeared before them
    è comparsa davanti a loro
    the desert stretched out before them
    il deserto si stendeva innanzi a loro
    before our very eyes they fled before the invader
    sono fuggiti dinnanzi all'invasore

adjective

  • the day, the week, the year before
    il giorno, la settimana, l'anno prima
    this page and the one before
    questa pagina e quella precedente

adverb

conjunction

  • 2 (rather than) he would die before betraying that secret
    preferirebbe morire piuttosto che rivelare quel segreto
  • 3 (otherwise, or else) See examples:get out of here before I call the police!
    uscite di qui prima che chiami la polizia!
  • 4 (as necessary condition) you have to show your ticket before they'll let you in
    devi mostrare il biglietto perché ti facciano entrare

Idioms

before you could say Jack Robinson

before you know where you are…

in quattro e quattr'otto o in men che non si dica

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