Is this sentence correct ? Before I was going to say something he left .?
- 1 month ago
No. Before I was going to say something, he left.
- robert2020Lv 61 month ago
"I was going to say something, but he had already left ".or.
"He left before I was able to say something".
Your way is not right. You phrasing makes it sound like he left before you had the thought to say something. But you still can be understood.Source(s): NAtive American English speaker
- John PLv 71 month ago
If the situation was rather hurried, and he departed almost in the middle of a conversation (possibly an angry conversation) then that idea would be expressed as: "He left before I could say anything". Certainly "...before I was going to say something...." is nowhere near good British English.
- HMFanLv 71 month ago
“I was going to say something but he left.”
“I was going to say something but he left before I could.”
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- Anonymous2 months ago
To my assumption, the pattern should be ..... Before I had gone to say something he left.The sentence is also used another way. I had gone to say something before the left.
- bluebellbkkLv 72 months ago
It sounds very odd. What it says is that AFTER he left, you started to be going to say something. It wasn't until after he had gone that you thought of saying something.
- geezerLv 72 months ago
As it is written there, you need a commar after the word something.
But it would be better if you said ..
Before I could say something, he left.
- ZapataLv 62 months ago
You must add a comma after "something" in order to make it correct.
- 2 months ago
Better to start with the subject/action, not a preposition. Try 'He left before I..." BTW, you might want to change "something" to a more specific reference. EX: He left before I was able to tell him to be home early.
- curtisports2Lv 72 months ago
No. 'Before I could say something, he left.'