In conservations,when people talk about their past. They convey like this:

“A few years ago”, I moved in here with my family,or I moved in here with my family “ a few years before”. Do they convey the same meaning? What difference does “ago” and “before” make?

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  • "A few years ago" means a few years before now. That is, the time at which you are speaking.
  • "A few years before" means a few years before any point in time that you have previously mentioned.

For example:

I left school at 16. A few years before I had decided I would not go to college.

That would mean the decision was made a few years prior to being 16.

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