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Should I use the before the verbal noun in the following sentence?

Here is the sentence:

John, you should come at 11 A.M before (the) beginning of the game. 

I know I can write "John, you should come at 11 am before the game begins." My question is, in this kind of context, should I need to use the?

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Yes, you should, since 'beginning' here, as you note, is a (verbalised) noun or a Gerund. Here you could substitute 'beginning' with the noun 'start': the start of the game.

The usage will follow the general usage of the article with nouns. (Here you are talking about a specific game with a specific beginning so it takes the definite article 'the'.)

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