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Which position of the preposition before in the following sentences is correct?

Please be at the venue at least before 10 minutes.

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Please be at the venue at least 10 minutes before meeting start.

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    A 3rd alternative - "Please be at the venue at least 10 minutes early" Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 7:58

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Before should stay together with its object (the object of the preposition). In this sentence, the object is the meeting, so the sentence will be written thus:

Please be at the venue at least 10 minutes before the meeting.

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  • Then my understanding, "the meeting" is object of before preposition, right? Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 7:18
  • @CharmiSapariya Yes, that is correct. I will add that detail to my answer.
    – pyobum
    Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 7:23
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Please be at the venue at least ten minutes before the meeting starts.

Your first sentence, "..before ten minutes..." does not express what the ten minutes is before. It is before the meeting , which is why the second structure is correct.

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