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Hello hawa100

You can say both things. As Peter says, 'before' is probably better because it is often used to say that something happens in the presence of people. But you can use both of them and they describe a situation in which a person is talking and there are other people in front of her. It's not clear whether she is talking to those people or if they happen to be in the same general location as her.

For example, perhaps she is a politician explaining her campaign to a news reporter, but there are other people listening. She is not exactly speaking to those people, but they are there and hear her.

I would probably say this another way, depending on what I meant, but it is correct.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir!
Thank you very much for the quick response. I am sorry. My question was about the physical position.
When it comes to that, when to use in front of and before?
Example:
So which of the following sentence is correct?
Thank you for giving me opportunity to comment on this topic before you.
Or
Thank you for giving me opportunity to comment on this topic in front of you.

Hello hawa100,

Both in front of and before can be used to describe location. However, before carries a sense of 'in the presence of' as well as the physical location, and so fits this context rather better, I would say.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir!
I would like to know If it's correct to say in front of people or before people.
Which of the two sentences is correct?
She was giving her opinion before people.
She was giving her opinion in front of people.

Hello hawa100

The most common preposition here is 'to': 'She was explaining her opinion to people'. 'before' and 'in front of' suggest that it's her physical position that is important instead of her communication with those people.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
Recently, I was reading a one act play in which there were two characters, an old man and a boy of fourteen. The old man says to the boy that young kids come here to steal apples, but he (the boy) is not so young.

What does the old man mean, the kids coming there to steal apples are younger than this boy or older?

Hi Adya's

I'm afraid it's difficult for me to say, as I haven't read the play. It's not clear to me, for example, whether the old man is including the boy he's speaking to in the category of 'young kids' or not. Some old people will call any child a 'young kid' since they are so much older than the young people.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk
Really appreciate your prompt response. In order to make the context clear, I would rather give the exact dialogues.

Derry: I'd not come to steal anything.

Mr Lamb: No, no. The young lads steal....scrump the apples. You're not so young.

Now I want to know whether Mr Lamb thought of Derry as younger than "young lads" or older.

Hope I have put the question in an intelligible manner.

Thanks

Hello Adya's,

From the context, it looks to me like Mr. Lamb thinks Derry is older than the young lads who steal apples.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot.

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