I know that the word "before" can be used to mean "In front of" and when something happens before a particular time. For eg. :

I'm standing before you.

I'll come before you leave.

Now my question is can I use the sentence:

I Came before you

I was there before You

To mean that i came earlier than you? Or does it mean that I came in front of you? And I was there in front of you?

Thanks in Advance, Rishabh

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Yes ! the sentences are correct.

I Came before you.

I was there before You

As you said in question you want to convey that you came earlier than him/her for that case I would advice you to use "ahead"

I came ahead of you.
  • And can i say "I was there ahead of you"? Or will it mean i was there in front of you?
    – Rishabh
    May 2, 2019 at 9:53
  • Don't Forget to accept the question if it was helpful. May 2, 2019 at 9:54
  • Yeah sure, Thank you for your answer!
    – Rishabh
    May 2, 2019 at 10:05
  • Yes,I was there ahead of you ! is correct . I am happy i was helpful May 2, 2019 at 10:19

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