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Then/before + negative Dear Gurus, which answer (A-D) and (E-F) is idiomatic? 1. Is your sister short? A. No, she isn't. And she wasn't short then too. B. No, she isn't. And she wasn't short then as well. C. No, she isn't. And she also wasn't short then. D. No, she isn't. And she wasn't short then either. ******* 2. Your friend is so nice! E. And he was also nice then! F. And he also was nice then! "Then" in all sentences refers to "before, in the past". Should we use "before" instead of then? Thank you!
Sep 18, 2019 6:18 AM
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The first sentence must be: And she never has been. For the second you could use: He has always been nice or he was even nice in the past. There are many synonyms for before and then that are more precise and work better
September 18, 2019
It's a dialogue between 2 kids. Let's change it like the following: Jim: Is your house nice? Peter: A: No, it isn't. But it was nice before. B: No, it isn't. And it wasn't nice before either. B: Yes, it is. But it wasn't nice before.
September 18, 2019
All of these sound kind of unnatural, although D and E work the best. Using before instead of then would make them work a bit better but I’d recommend perhaps recreating these phrases entirely (I should note that I’m speaking under the assumption that there isn’t any sort of greater context you haven’t elaborated on which would explain what you’re trying to convey).
September 18, 2019
Creature from Mars
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, Russian
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