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  • Let's go do the chores one last time before we leave.

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  • "He will not return before we get back," he said quickly.

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  • Night came on before he had finished it.

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  • If I remember rightly, we were sixty-six years old the day before yesterday.

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  • She rinsed the pot again before responding.

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  • She now saw his face before her.

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  • Besides, it was time to replace some of the things she'd been wearing since before they were married.

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  • The soil is blanched and accursed there, and before that becomes necessary the earth itself will be destroyed.

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  • He would do many more before the war was over.

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  • Before Mrs. Jacquot could open it, some one called out, "Is this the house of Jacquot, the charcoal man?"

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  • I worked with him for two years before I discovered who he really was.

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  • "In that case you are very welcome!" cried all the servants, and it pleased the Wizard to note the respect with which the royal retainers bowed before him.

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  • Before his house was pulled down, when his comrades avoided it as "an unlucky castle," I visited it.

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  • Destiny woke and ate a few bites before going back to sleep.

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  • Jim, who was in advance, saw the last stair before him and stuck his head above the rocky sides of the stairway.

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  • "The criminal who now sits before the court licking her paws," resumed the Woggle-Bug, "has long desired to unlawfully eat the fat piglet, which was no bigger than a mouse.

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  • He pulled the undershirt over his head before answering.

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  • In fact, if she confronted him now and then, he might be more inclined to volunteer information before she found out about it.

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  • They knew that they were helpless before so strong an enemy.

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  • She makes many mistakes, of course, twists words and phrases, puts the cart before the horse, and gets herself into hopeless tangles of nouns and verbs; but so does the hearing child.

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  • It does so in orders of magnitude better than what came before it—libraries—but only better, not differently.

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  • Several of them ran into Ferapontov's yard before Alpatych's eyes.

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  • Long ago, before Gutenberg, if you wanted to know something, you had to memorize it.

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  • Carmen mentally counted to ten before responding.

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  • "Hold on before you fall off," Alex snarled.

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  • Alex helped the man get the luggage into the trunk and then hurried to assist Carmen into the car before the man could touch her.

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  • On moving to the drawing room he handed the letter to Princess Mary and, spreading out before him the plan of the new building and fixing his eyes upon it, told her to read the letter aloud.

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  • Would she ever reach the point that she felt comfortable about spending the money he had earned before they met?

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  • This was before I knew many words.

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  • The mother smoothed the folds of her dyed silk dress before a large Venetian mirror in the wall, and in her trodden-down shoes briskly ascended the carpeted stairs.

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  • It was some time before I could plan it to suit me.

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  • It was amusing to see her hold it before her eyes and spell the sentences out on her fingers, just as I had done.

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  • You knew before I did.

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  • Before the ices, champagne was served round.

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  • "Your Royal Highness and Fellow Citizens," he began; "the small cat you see a prisoner before you is accused of the crime of first murdering and then eating our esteemed Ruler's fat piglet--or else first eating and then murdering it.

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  • I met them the day before yesterday at the Arkharovs'.

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  • After this experience it was a long time before I climbed another tree.

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  • Let's pick her while we have the chance, before the man with the star comes back.

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  • The choices we make to test options never before contemplated will tell us all kinds of new things about ourselves.

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  • The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful.

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  • They were so astonished that they fell upon their knees before the king and confessed their crime.

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  • On a sudden thought I ran upstairs before any one could stop me, to put on my idea of a company dress.

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  • I do not remember when I first realized that I was different from other people; but I knew it before my teacher came to me.

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  • Hardly had they spoken these words when the door opened and Arion himself stood before them.

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  • Nothing exists that even remotely looks like Twitter before the Internet.

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  • Where was I before I came to mother?

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  • It is a safe bet that no one has ever asked that question before, and yet this system is designed to answer it.

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  • But scarcely had Pierre uttered these words before he was attacked from three sides.

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  • Carmen was up first, showering and dressing before Alex woke.

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  • The great cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, which was begun before your birth, would not be finished by your death.

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  • The sides of the tunnel showed before them like the inside of a long spy-glass, and the floor became more level.

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  • It rises again from the same point as before--Paris.

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  • Rostov and Ilyin gave rein to their horses for a last race along the incline before reaching Bogucharovo, and Rostov, outstripping Ilyin, was the first to gallop into the village street.

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  • The man had taken a step or two across the glass roof before he noticed the presence of the strangers; but then he stopped abruptly.

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  • This appeared so unexpectedly that they were unprepared to take advantage of it at first, and allowed the rocky wall to swing around again before they had decided to pass over.

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  • She finished pealing the potato and threw it into the pan before continuing.

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  • It seemed like only a few seconds before the uncomfortable feeling became nausea.

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  • Any guard might arrest him, but by strange chance no one does so and all rapturously greet the man they cursed the day before and will curse again a month later.

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  • It ran into a narrow cleft which he had not seen before, and then through a long, dark passage which was barely large enough for a man's body.

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  • When it stormed before my bread was baked, I fixed a few boards over the fire, and sat under them to watch my loaf, and passed some pleasant hours in that way.

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  • For the last three days Bogucharovo had lain between the two hostile armies, so that it was as easy for the Russian rearguard to get to it as for the French vanguard; Rostov, as a careful squadron commander, wished to take such provisions as remained at Bogucharovo before the French could get them.

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  • The man who ten years before and a year later was considered an outlawed brigand is sent to an island two days' sail from France, which for some reason is presented to him as his dominion, and guards are given to him and millions of money are paid him.

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  • After all, he knew Katie too, but they only wanted the people he knew before he met his wife - excluding his sister.

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  • Then, remembering the stones that had fallen with them and passed them long before they had reached this place, he answered:

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  • His solemn gaze searched hers for a moment before he spoke.

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  • Stout, about the average height, broad, with huge red hands; he did not know, as the saying is, how to enter a drawing room and still less how to leave one; that is, how to say something particularly agreeable before going away.

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  • My earliest distinct recollection of my father is making my way through great drifts of newspapers to his side and finding him alone, holding a sheet of paper before his face.

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  • Black figures flitted about before the fire, and through the incessant crackling of the flames talking and shouting could be heard.

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  • Before we began the story Miss Sullivan explained to me the things that she knew I should not understand, and as we read on she explained the unfamiliar words.

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  • My mind stirred with the stirring times, and the characters round which the life of two contending nations centred seemed to move right before me.

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  • He glanced at his watch and swallowed before answering.

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  • Before the end of the first year I read "Wilhelm Tell" with the greatest delight.

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  • It was a long time back, before they were married.

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  • Her savings and checking accounts combined had never exceeded $3,000 - not even before she paid the bills.

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  • First he had left a lady before she had finished speaking to him, and now he continued to speak to another who wished to get away.

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  • It seemed like hours in the emergency room before the diagnosis.

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  • We are somewhere in the middle of the earth, and the chances are we'll reach the other side of it before long.

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  • The mountain before them was shaped like a cone and was so tall that its point was lost in the clouds.

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  • She had signs for SMALL and LARGE long before I came to her.

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  • It was another hour before I succeeded in getting her napkin folded.

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  • Maybe he was thinking about Alexia, but that was still on their land, in the old house before it was renovated.

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  • If Katie hadn't disclosed that incident to her before she met Alex, would he have revealed that facet of his past?

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  • "Papa," said his beautiful daughter in the same tone as before, "we shall be late."

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  • Adraksin was in uniform, and whether as a result of the uniform or from some other cause Pierre saw before him quite a different man.

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  • Before the half hour was ended he had written a very neat composition on his slate.

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  • Andrew's gray eyes blazed as he stood up straight and proud before the haughty captain.

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  • "I've heard animals talk before," said Dorothy, "and no harm came of it."

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  • I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding-line, and had no way of knowing how near the harbour was.

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  • It was almost as if he were shutting Felipa off before she could reveal something.

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  • Before this crowned Gargoyle had recovered himself Zeb had wound a strap several times around its body, confining its wings and arms so that it could not move.

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  • But my teacher had been with me several weeks before I understood that everything has a name.

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  • He closed the door and they walked several yards down the hall before he spoke.

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  • But why didn't you say something to me about all of this before now?

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  • Chilon was so busy that the messengers had to wait several days before they could see him.

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  • The day before they were scheduled to leave, Alex came home from work and asked to see the tickets.

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  • It didn't need another rinse, but she needed the time to contemplate before saying something she might regret.

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  • "I think that before discussing these questions," Pierre continued, "we should ask the Emperor--most respectfully ask His Majesty--to let us know the number of our troops and the position in which our army and our forces now are, and then..."

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  • Wearing a waistcoat over his cotton shirt, Ferapontov was standing before his shop which opened onto the street.

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  • He was protective of you before he even met you.

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  • Our greatest Champion, Overman-Anu, once climbed the spiral stairway and fought nine days with the Gargoyles before he could escape them and come back; but he could never be induced to describe the dreadful creatures, and soon afterward a bear caught him and ate him up.

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  • Alpatych went up to a large crowd standing before a high barn which was blazing briskly.

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  • Just then the man with the star came and stood before the Wizard.

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  • The next morning the caliph called ten of his officers before him.

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  • We never count our fish before they are caught.

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  • Tell her so if you see her before I do.

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  • Like the wasps, before I finally went into winter quarters in November, I used to resort to the northeast side of Walden, which the sun, reflected from the pitch pine woods and the stony shore, made the fireside of the pond; it is so much pleasanter and wholesomer to be warmed by the sun while you can be, than by an artificial fire.

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  • She paused as if she felt it indecorous to speak of her pregnancy before Pierre, though the gist of the matter lay in that.

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  • As became known later, he had scarcely begun to address the merchants before tears gushed from his eyes and he concluded in a trembling voice.

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  • And stop this necking before the kids come in.

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  • "It occurs to me," said the Wizard, "that we ought to get out of this place before the mother dragon comes back."

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  • One day I happened to spill water on my apron, and I spread it out to dry before the fire which was flickering on the sitting-room hearth.

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  • Preparations were made to fight the French before Smolensk.

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  • Before he had had time to finish giving these instructions, a chief of staff followed by a suite galloped up to him.

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  • Before I had done I was more the friend than the foe of the pine tree, though I had cut down some of them, having become better acquainted with it.

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  • But hardly had he done so before he felt the bed rocking backwards and forwards beneath him as if it were breathing heavily and jolting.

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  • He studied her a moment before responding.

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  • God, I don't know if I ever even kissed a girl before Julie!

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  • As the slaves stood before him he asked each one to tell what kind of work he could do.

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  • It is an answer engine, but one that attempts to answer questions that have never before been asked.

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  • Every morning before I went to school I had chores to do, which began with mixing up the formula and feeding the calves.

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  • Like this, we shan't get away before evening.

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  • And with an eager face Nicholas began to speak of the possibility of repurchasing Otradnoe before long, and added: "Another ten years of life and I shall leave the children... in an excellent position."

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  • That was before my time, just barely.

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  • He hesitated before answering.

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  • They have got to live a man's life, pushing all these things before them, and get on as well as they can.

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  • Adam and Eve, according to the fable, wore the bower before other clothes.

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  • It would seem that I made it according to the recipe which Marcus Porcius Cato gave about two centuries before Christ.

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  • You have everything before you, everything.

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  • He stood a little while before the glass, smiled, and walked toward the other door.

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  • Lorrain, pursing up his lips, waved a severely negative finger before his nose.

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  • You know that for me there is nothing in life but you, and to suffer with you is the greatest happiness for me, and he took her hand and pressed it as he had pressed it that terrible evening four days before his death.

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  • Carmen, remember what you said to me before we married?

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  • Other than an infatuation with Josh before she met Alex, there had been no one else.

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  • When she woke, shortly before Alex arrived, she played quietly with a doll while Carmen prepared supper.

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  • He did a lot of researching before he talked to me.

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  • All the people I have ever met before were very plain to see.

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  • Prussia has always declared that Buonaparte is invincible, and that all Europe is powerless before him....

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  • I swear to you on my honor that Napoleon was in such a fix as never before and might have lost half his army but could not have taken Smolensk.

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  • I told Morino last night that I would look at them before we left.

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  • We were clearing dishes, before he spoke.

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  • Quinn shouted before Martha put a restraining hand on his arm.

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  • Martha handed out paper and pens before we left the house.

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  • The entire session lasted barely ten minutes before he awoke a smile on his face.

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  • It wasn't long before she found the information.

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  • It took fifty minutes before the door burst open and Howie dashed out and up the stairs with Martha close on his heels.

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  • I grabbed my wife's hand and the tape recorder and left before anyone could object.

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  • We drove another mile before spotting a corner variety store.

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  • I want to help before it's too late, like with the little boy.

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  • "Think this through, Howie," I cautioned, "before you make any commitment.

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  • He waited in the dark nearly twenty minutes before hearing an automobile approach.

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  • It was some distance from the farm house and he thought he might not get to it before it left.

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  • Can we do one more before you leave?

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  • Howie had difficulty locating the apartment and nothing untoward occurred before he was awoken by the sound of a horn, seventeen minutes later.

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  • It took three tries before we were satisfied our information was in believing hands.

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  • A Cleveland mother had reported an infant child was taken from his crib while napping yet when Howie was able to enter the location before and during the alleged time, there was no sign of the child.

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  • Each of the four knew their job and we proceeded to conduct four tests before the day was over.

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  • He reached a dark van and left, without lights before Howie could make out a plate number.

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  • I prefer not to cross state lines with my prizes, but Delaware is such a small state I'd left its boundary before I realized.

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  • Before everyone stopped laughing, he continued.

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  • I took my time before responding.

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  • Before you all agree, hear me out.

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  • I broke his arm before he could toss the match.

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  • Before Betsy and I left for the airport, we received incredible news!

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  • It was Delaware, in the middle of nowhere and I watched the house for hours before I took my prize.

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  • I heard several clicks before I heard a surprised male voice.

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  • He hung up before I had a chance to end the call.

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  • It was only a matter of time before someone began to connect our tips.

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  • I'll stop the whole thing before I'll do that.

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  • We completed one before bedding down just before midnight.

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  • A full week passed before we had our answer.

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  • A few moments passed before he told me to go ahead.

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  • I added a thank-you before hanging up.

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  • You can look away when it actually happens but we have to get this guy before he kills another child.

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  • If I flushed hundred dollar bills down the toilet, the city of Cleveland would run out of water before I went broke.

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  • I'd never killed an adult before tonight but he deserved to die.

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  • I shot him six times before he reached my car.

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  • Thankfully, the boy was located before any major harm was done.

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  • I'll better his total before I die and they'll not know I ever existed... unless someone sees me in their crystal ball.

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  • "I want to stop him before he screws up a real missing person case by sending the police off on a snipe hunt," he snarled.

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  • Howie stayed with him through most of an uneventful meal before waking back to the present.

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  • Perhaps they'll be something to my liking down the coast along the beach before I get seriously involved in necessary business.

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  • In fact, he's gone missing, Quinn held a super market tabloid as we shared coffee before starting our day.

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  • No details yet, Before I could answer, I was interrupted by a scream from my wife that sent chills down my spine.

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  • Just before Howie was ready to give up, he was startled by a figure he'd not heard enter the house!

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  • But first, I must protect myself from the worthless snapping hounds of police before I search out this mystery clairvoyant.

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  • They backed off and waited a day before questioning him.

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  • She looked to Howie before answering, as if looking for direction.

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  • Can Howard have an hour off to show me around Keene before I leave?

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  • There's time for recreation before my business in Omaha.

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  • Brennan paused before responding.

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  • I just wanted to see a bit of your city before I drive to your car.

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  • I've never been here before and I doubt I'll return.

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  • I thought maybe they had to think about it before they called, but then they practically beg me to pass on the information immediately.

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  • That was before they got all organized and everything.

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  • Before secure phones and dropped numbers and scrambled voices.

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  • Before there was any mention of a Psychic Tipster.

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  • At least one more thing before I release you.

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  • Keene was once called The Elm City before Dutch elm disease destroyed the massive trees that surrounded the grassy area at the head of the square.

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  • I was resigned it was my duty to explain the situation, with or without Howie's input, but Betsy interrupted before I could begin.

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  • She should lock her doors and windows, just like you people, before this guy carves her up and adds her to the list.

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  • From the looks on the glum faces before me, he had neither told them anything nor was there success in their search for the killer.

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  • I queued my way past three minions before the stern voice growled, Reagan' in my ear.

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  • My monolog was blurted out non-stop for fear she'd cut me off before I finished.

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  • Impatience prompted me to telephone Ethel Reagan before the allotted hour was up.

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  • "No. Too much time elapsed before the killing was known and made public," I answered.

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  • Have you ever seen a murder first hand, someone being butchered before your eyes?

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  • "Don't do it without asking," my wife retorted before changing the subject.

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  • I'm well practiced in this art as I've done so many times before!

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  • Quinn complained of a headache and I silently wondered if he'd over indulged the night before.

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  • He thought a moment before answering.

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  • It was midafternoon before we got Howie on the road, first to Boston and then a flight west.

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  • I prayed our Delabama killer didn't stalk Agnes Delanco before she or her detectives tracked him down, quickly I hoped.

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  • She hung up before I could protest.

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  • Julie met me at the door before I turned off my car.

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  • I asked before I realized how accusatory the question sounded.

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  • Just be thankful you didn't go after the million before they yanked the contest.

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  • I'll miss her so as she missed her mother whom I was forced to lay to rest before the little lovely was mine.

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  • I considered waiting until morning before speaking to my wife but I knew I wouldn't sleep anyway.

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  • I hung up before he could concoct some other scheme.

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  • I've never flown before.

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  • We were having a drink before dinner.

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  • He's never done that before.

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  • Betsy opened her purse and complied before reaching back and taking Molly's hand.

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  • Perhaps I shall make do with those that remain here before I follow the sun westward.

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  • She drops $300 on Google ads before realizing it might not be a great fit.

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  • Before technology and prosperity, virtually everyone spent long hard days scraping together enough calories for themselves and their family to survive.

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  • That is, before Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin came along.

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  • I had read many books before, but never from a critical point of view.

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  • Before I entered college, however, it was thought best that I should study another year under Mr. Keith.

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  • She looked troubled, and hesitated a moment before answering.

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  • "Very good!" said Bagration in reply to the officer's report, and began deliberately to examine the whole battlefield extended before him.

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  • The smell of the food the Preobrazhenskis were eating and a sense of hunger recalled him from these reflections; he had to get something to eat before going away.

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  • Balashev began to feel uncomfortable: as envoy he feared to demean his dignity and felt the necessity of replying; but, as a man, he shrank before the transport of groundless wrath that had evidently seized Napoleon.

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  • These were troops of Beauharnais' corps which had started before any of the others.

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  • The wattle wall the men had brought was set up in a semicircle by the Eighth Company as a shelter from the north, propped up by musket rests, and a campfire was built before it.

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  • As she listened to it she saw before her his smooth handsome forehead, his mustache, and his whole face, as she had so often seen it in the stillness of the night when he slept.

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  • All who had known Natasha before her marriage wondered at the change in her as at something extraordinary.

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  • Thus in the morning--especially if she had eaten anything rich the day before--she felt a need of being angry and would choose as the handiest pretext Belova's deafness.

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  • What will become of us if she dies, as I always fear when her face is like that? thought he, and placing himself before the icon he began to say his evening prayers.

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  • Little Nicholas, who had just waked up in a cold perspiration, sat up in bed and gazed before him with wide-open eyes.

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  • She was uneasy because she had never been on a plane before.

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  • I've never thought about it before.

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  • He had never called Señor Medena Dad before.

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  • Alex was in a good mood and it was a pleasant trip - until Felipa made a comment about Tessa's visit the night before.

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  • Why hadn't they tried it before?

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  • I thought a moment before answering.

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  • We paused before digging in.

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  • Betsy paused before answering.

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  • Betsy left the key to her sumptuous room, in the city's finest hotel, allowing me to drop off my duds before meeting him in the hotel lobby.

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  • We motored by moderately maintained modest houses and empty spaces before turning onto the main street.

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  • He tried to speak but it took a few moments before the words were understandable.

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  • Now at least Betsy and I had time together before I returned to New York Sunday afternoon.

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  • It was Thursday before I got up the nerve to call my friends.

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  • That theorizes if you travel in time and kill your grandfather before your father is conceived, would you simply not be?

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  • I need concrete evidence before I'm a believer and I don't see that on the horizon.

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  • We'd drive Peabody, Massachusetts, two weeks before our wedding.

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  • I'll stop this before I'll go through anyone dissecting me again.

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  • We conducted one more test before lunch.

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  • We stole one weekend together, remaining in New York, before answering a summons to join the others in Massachusetts.

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  • He insists you two be with us before we move forward.

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  • My match burned my fingertips before I shook it out.

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  • Before the operator could respond, I blurted out Howie's address.

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  • Before I could say more, I heard the telltale noise of breaking glass from the far side of the house!

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  • Before I could, the door was kicked open I was grabbed about the neck in a strangle hold that gagged me and a knife jabbed upward under my chin!

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  • I wanted to say the entire French Foreign hiding in the other room but before I could speak, we both could barely hear a voice.

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  • Before I could answer Jackson, he began questioning.

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  • I didn't manage to say much before I heard the sound of breaking glass.

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  • You said they were off before he got here.

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  • The perp did a quick job of searching the house before we got here.

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  • I was discharged before noon and driven home by my wife.

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  • "At least you don't have to worry about Jude Bryce screaming to the world that the tipster murdered his brother," she said before transferring me to Frank Vasapolli.

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  • The best I can figure, he never left California before his arrest so that's where I'm concentration.

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  • Before he signed off, he added, "Keep your eyes peeled for a Pace Arrow Motor home with California plates."

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  • I'd barely put the phone down before it rang again.

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  • Julie wants desperately to come back east but Howie wants to talk to Martha and learn the truth before he leaves.

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  • I picked up the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen before sinking into my easy chair in the living room.

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  • It would be our secret; how we started, how we were a party to something that never happened before in history, and probably never will again; what we did and why; just the five of us.

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  • "How did he find Howie?" before I could answer she asked, "Did this all happen because of what I did?"

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  • I waited until we were in bed for the night before I told her.

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  • It's not like we haven't gone that route before!

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  • Before long they neared the Black Pit, where a busy swarm of Mangaboos, headed by their Princess, was engaged in piling up glass rocks before the entrance.

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  • You would hardly have known the young prince when the time came for him to appear before his grandfather.

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  • It is the rule and custom of the cupbearer to pour out a little of the wine and taste it before handing the cup to me.

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  • When he heard that some men had come to Corinth with a very costly golden tripod, he had them brought before him.

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  • Before his death, Pol Pot conceded that his regime certainly killed people, but ''to say that millions died is too much.''

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  • Before it is all over, the number of Facebook accounts will exceed the number of people on the planet.

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  • It was the third of March, 1887, three months before I was seven years old.

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  • As the days wore on, the drifts gradually shrunk, but before they were wholly gone another storm came, so that I scarcely felt the earth under my feet once all winter.

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  • Almost before I knew it, the train stopped at the Tuscumbia station, and there on the platform stood the whole family.

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  • Before October, 1893, I had studied various subjects by myself in a more or less desultory manner.

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  • Before I left New York, these bright days were darkened by the greatest sorrow that I have ever borne, except the death of my father.

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  • Our friends were greatly surprised to see us, as they had not expected us before the last of this month.

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  • BUT LONG BEFORE HE UTTERS HIS FIRST WORD, HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT IS SAID TO HIM.

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  • Before leaving, Napoleon showed favor to the emperor, kings, and princes who had deserved it, reprimanded the kings and princes with whom he was dissatisfied, presented pearls and diamonds of his own--that is, which he had taken from other kings--to the Empress of Austria, and having, as his historian tells us, tenderly embraced the Empress Marie Louise--who regarded him as her husband, though he had left another wife in Paris--left her grieved by the parting which she seemed hardly able to bear.

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  • But before the words were well out of his mouth, his cap flew off and a fierce blow jerked his head to one side.

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  • There was shopping and packing to be done before they left on vacation.

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  • But I felt it for you before we got married.

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  • Felipa left the room five minutes before Tessa left.

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  • I know, we've been all through this before - but I still don't understand.

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  • I had a second drink and let my belly dilute the alcohol with pot roast before leaving for Howie's house.

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  • Before noon the next day the gardener was admitted to the palace.

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  • Before we take that further, let's consider something the Internet has taught us about ourselves.

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  • Before recorded music, the best musicians made a good living but weren't extremely wealthy.

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  • Even in the days before my teacher came, I used to feel along the square stiff boxwood hedges, and, guided by the sense of smell would find the first violets and lilies.

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  • Long before I learned to do a sum in arithmetic or describe the shape of the earth, Miss Sullivan had taught me to find beauty in the fragrant woods, in every blade of grass, and in the curves and dimples of my baby sister's hand.

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  • You have your whole life before you, said he to her.

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  • One instance, which had occurred some twenty years before, was a movement among the peasants to emigrate to some unknown "warm rivers."

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  • (This was before his talk with Dron.)

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  • At last they were allowed to go before him and state their business.

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  • Princess Mary stopped at the porch, still horrified by her spiritual baseness and trying to arrange her thoughts before going to her father.

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  • Destiny probably wouldn't wake before they returned, and even if she did, Señor Medena would keep her occupied.

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  • Alex hugged Destiny and kissed her before turning to Carmen.

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  • Carmen waited until after the children were in bed before questioning him.

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  • She practiced while he was at work and removed it before he came home.

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  • Destiny was a little lady, waiting until he came into the kitchen before plowing into him.

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  • She stepped around the chair and stood before him.

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  • She ran the bath water for Destiny and helped her into the tub with her toy before rejoining Alex.

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  • The next morning when he stood by the door before leaving for work, she looked him over while he examined a document.

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  • They had been married almost five years, so... that meant the baby was conceived long before they met - about the time he and Tessa were going to get married.

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  • I don't know why she didn't ask for it before - or why she didn't tell me about the baby.

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  • All this happened before they were married - before they met.

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  • Surely he knew she wouldn't leave him over something that happened before they met.

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  • She hesitated, drawing a deep breath before continuing.

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  • Maybe they would both think about it before they jumped at each other next time - especially in front of the children.

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  • They needed to gain a little weight before they would be released from the hospital, though.

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  • He moved on before they were aware of his presence.

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  • Two weeks before the arrest, she dissolved the remainder of their relationship.

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  • In the week before his arrest, her attention had shifted to her siblings, Nick and Angela.

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  • Apparently time had caught up with Mom before she could finish.

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  • Strange, it had never seemed lonely here before.

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  • She straightened her hair and collected her thoughts before opening the door.

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  • He grabbed a rag and wet it before wiping her mouth.

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  • Lisa stared at him, fragments of the night before slowly fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle.

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  • Lisa came home from the hospital the day before the funeral and Connie insisted on staying with her for a while.

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  • Connie rinsed her mouth and put her toothbrush up before she responded.

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  • The sun got up before she did the next morning.

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  • She was on the washboard ruts before she realized they were there.

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  • She closed her eyes and said another prayer before she clamped a sweaty hand around the cold door handle.

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  • Go up the hill and watch for cars so you can warn anyone before they get to the curve.

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  • The long drive detoured around several large oak trees before it ended in a circle.

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  • She swung her legs around and firmly planted her feet on the ground before accepting the hand he offered.

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  • The car slid off the cliff before I got back.

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  • The phone rang ten times before Lisa gave up.

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  • Tammy half skipped and hopped down the hall, throwing a shy smile over her shoulder at Lisa before disappearing into a doorway.

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  • You wouldn't get two miles into those woods before you were lost.

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  • His hands gently pulled her head back and before she comprehended his intent, he kissed her lips.

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  • She mounted the ATV behind him and hesitated before putting her arms around his waist.

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  • Now, go take your shower before you catch your death of cold.

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  • He hadn't thought about a sitter before now, or hadn't thought about how much he would pay?

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  • How many people knew anything about their boss before they were hired?

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  • See you this fall, if not before.

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  • That was before I took the job.

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  • Five days a week Giddon left the house before anyone was up.

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  • She dove into the pool and swam several laps before emerging.

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  • What she expected to see when she turned was Sarah's white Plymouth, but the car that stopped before the house was Allen's red Eagle Talon.

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  • First I'd have to find a man before I could find a new one.

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  • "In the future," he spoke crisply, "I'd appreciate it if you consulted me before inviting guests into my home."

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  • Allen watched him enter the house before he turned to Lisa.

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  • She grabbed a pen and a notepad, hesitating a second before pulling the top sheet off the notepad.

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  • Back at the house she showered and changed before starting lunch.

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  • She hung the last garment and changed into jeans and tennis shoes before leaving the house.

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  • They hadn't traveled far down the trail before she got a peripheral view of the building.

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  • Anyway, I was lucky it was a low cliff and that Yancey found me before a bear did.

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  • I tried to warn Yancey before they were married, but he wouldn't listen.

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  • At his affirmative nod, she hurried to her room and changed into jeans and sneakers before he could change his mind.

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  • This time he followed the main road for a while before dipping off onto a well used trail.

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  • She heard the gurgling water before the creek came into view.

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  • You think things over for a long time before you make decisions – even in small matters.

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  • She headed for her room and a little rest before supper.

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  • It was a few minutes before she became aware that Yancey was watching her.

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  • You've never been here before?

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  • No one had been to that box before her.

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  • She looked down at her plate before they discovered they had been observed.

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  • She felt the attention before she actually saw it.

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  • When Connie arrived, Lisa had barely buckled her seatbelt before she started asking questions.

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  • A soft breeze carried a faint familiar odor, but it was gone before she could identify it.

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  • Lisa washed her hands and put the biscuits in the oven before picking her up.

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  • In her words, "Go now so you can be back before dark."

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  • Mom always used to want everyone home before dark – as though anything was out there at night that wasn't there during the day.

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  • She started to shut the door, but he had the storm door open and his foot in the door before she could react.

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  • Get out of here before I kill you.

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  • It was several more minutes before she was able to take deep breaths – even longer before she was able to utter more than a strangled sound.

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  • Before she could get a word out, Howard covered her mouth with his.

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  • Allen had come to the house before she asked Howard to check on Yancey.

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  • She waited for him to get a little way down the path before she slipped from her hiding place and went to the door.

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  • But he locked it before he left.

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  • She turned around and walked three steps before it hit her.

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  • They were several miles down the road before either of them spoke.

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  • I've never seen him this way before.

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  • Yancey didn't get out, but he did wait until she had her car started before he turned his car around and headed back to the house.

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  • They gazed into each other's eyes for a moment before he spoke.

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  • Of course, a little make-up and the right clothes could do wonders - which was a good way to wind up straying off the path she had mapped before she left home.

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  • All right, I'll throw a few things together and stow them in your car before I leave.

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  • Anyway, I've never ridden a horse before.

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  • Come on, don't shoot it down before you give it a try.

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  • She couldn't have been more awake before she left the house.

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  • It seemed that she had barely dropped off to sleep, before someone was pounding on her door.

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  • I want to take you out to the north pasture before we leave today.

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  • Why didn't you say something before you left?

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  • He grabbed her waist before she could back away, and pulled her into his arms.

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  • She tried her voice once before she managed to speak, and even then the voice didn't sound like her own.

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  • Now both of you get in here before we make a scene that gets us all thrown out.

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  • She had no intention of hopping into bed with Brandon before they were married - house rules or not.

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  • If I go any slower he might die before I get there.

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  • Something had to be done before he got them both killed.

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  • She stared at Brandon a moment before she spoke.

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  • I feel awful that Dad had to die because I put my education before his health.

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  • I'm not going to put it before Mom.

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  • She clamped her jaws together and silently counted to ten before she responded.

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  • He gave the question some thought before responding with an illusive and general answer.

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  • She let her stern gaze rest on each of the men before responding.

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  • Cassie sent him a measured look over her coffee cup before she spoke.

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  • There was something familiar about that face, yet she was certain she had never met him before.

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  • Before long they would be grown.