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How to say "before" in Chinese ?

what words do we use in a sentence to say "before something happen" ? For example: before I graduate

For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)
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    To say before, you can either say 之前 or 以前:

    i.e. 我畢業之前。。。 (before I graduate)
    她以前是老師。。。(she was a teacher before)
    事情發生之前。。。(before something happen)

    Bi4ye4 yi3qian2...shenmeshenmeshenme

    before = 以前 = yǐ-qián
    before I graduate = 我 毕业 以前 wǒ bì-yè yǐ-qián

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