Preposition (avant & devant)
Definition: Because they can both mean before, there is often confusion between the prepositions avant and devant. But there's a big difference in the way they are used.
- Avant expresses something to do with time.
It can be used in front of a temporal expression, noun, pronoun, verb, or clause.
avant midi before noon
avant l'examen before the test
avant de partir before leaving
avant que nous ne partions before we leave
- Devant expresses position or location (figurative or literal) and means before or in front of.
It can be used only in front of a noun or pronoun.
devant la voiture in front of the car
devant les juges before the judges
devant le danger faced with / in the face of danger.
Il est devant toi. He's in front of you.
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