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Before - In front of - Opposite...
BEFORE - IN FRONT OF - OPPOSITE
1) In front of expresses the place where somebody is standing or waiting:
ex : I'll meet you in front of the station at ten.
2) When it enumerates elements from a list = before may then express a place or a time, a moment:
ex : Julie's name is just before mine in the list.
ex : I have number 16... just before you, you have 17 and he has 20!
3) In order to suggest that the scene takes place in the presence of a person representing authority, before is used:
ex : We're all standing before you, today to wed this man and this woman in holy matrimony ...
4) When it means on the other side (of the street or road), and expresses a place, we use opposite:
ex : She was sitting opposite me in the train, and I was struck by her beautiful face ...
BEWARE ! In French, there is an abstract familiar expression, meaning when faced to , in the face of ; it mustn't be translated literally.
ex : When facing danger / In the face of danger, he always remains calm.
Now, you go ! I'm sure you will know when to use the different expressions... Go for it, that's easy!
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