Before doing something

This is relatively straightforward in French:

avant de + infinitive

avant d’écouter             before listening

avant de partir               before leaving

avant d’aller                   before going

N.B. Reflexives follow the same rule, but the correct reflexive must go before the infinitive.

avant de me lever, je …         before getting up, I …

avant de nous laver, nous … before getting washed, we …



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