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以前 in English:

1. before

Death before dishonor!
The fact that Britain had no national anthem before 1745 is in itself of little consequence.
Before long, the moon came out.
I told you before that you should ask your mother first.
Before Tom met Mary, he never seemed to be happy.
She had been in the hospital for a week before her husband came back.
Many parents think it's important for their children to eat before 8:00 p.m.
Before you can love others, you need to be able to love yourself.
Humanity has suffered more from war in this century than ever before.
He had not been employed by the company two years before his linguistic abilities were recognized.
It was very cold, and then before long, on top of that, it began to rain.
I'll leave a key with my next-door neighbour in case you get here before I do.
Before going to study in Paris, I must brush up on my French.
I met Tom before I graduated from high school, but didn't meet Mary until many years later.
It's very unlikely that we will release a new album before next winter.

English word "以前"(before) occurs in sets:

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2. formerly

Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is an exotic country.
She was formerly a bank clerk.
He didn't deny that he was formerly involved in the program.
The artist formerly known as Prince is still recording new songs.
The man formerly known as the "priest" blessed a group of people that was formerly known as the "congregation", but could no longer be called so due to demanding technical criteria.
Formerly, a book was worth its weight in silver, if not in gold.
Formerly people did not know that the earth is round and that it moves around the sun.
Sir William Lucas had been formerly in trade in Meryton, where he had made a tolerable fortune, and risen to the honour of knighthood by an address to the king during his mayoralty.
Formerly this harbor was prosperous.
Formerly, this city was beautiful.
Less students study German today than formerly.
There is now less flogging in our great schools than formerly, but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon
She was formerly married to a good friend of mine
The building formerly housed an internet service provider.

English word "以前"(formerly) occurs in sets:

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