before it gets dark / before dark / before getting dark
Is "before getting dark" acceptable in a sentence like...
Be sure to come home before getting dark?
or is the phrase itself not common?
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.
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