If she beats (a) him he’ll claim (b) she cheated (c).
(The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language)

The time of (c) is certainly earlier than (b). But which one is earlier between (a) and (b)?

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(a) is the earlier. The sentence is predicting something that will happen after she has beaten him.


A comes before B. He will only make the claim after she beats him, yes?

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