Describing a sequence of events

Use before/after to link two actions 

before/after+subject+verb (the subject is the same or different in the two actions)

before/after+ing (the subject is the same in the two actions)

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Put the following phrases in front of before/after

a week

a day

a year

a few days



less than a week

for weeks 

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During and for 

during - when something happens

for - how long something happens