before it gets dark / before dark / before getting dark

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Is  "before getting dark" acceptable in a sentence like...

 

Be sure to come home before getting dark?

 

 

or is the phrase itself not common?

asked Apr 21 at 00:16 Kimie Hirano New member

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That sentence means 'be sure to come home before you get dark', which is presumably not what you wanted to say. Compare with  I switched to drinking ginger ale before getting completely drunk, which means  I switched to drinking ginger ale before I got completely drunk.

 

Either one of before it gets dark or before dark is acceptable.

link comment answered Apr 22 at 15:30 linguisticturn Expert

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