antes que

Indicative vs. Subjunctive 
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antes que(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (time)
a. before
Tengo que usar el baño antes que Lina.I need to use the bathroom before Lina.
b. earlier than
¿Por qué me tengo que acostar antes que mi hermano mayor, mamá?Why do I have to go to bed earlier than my big brother, Mom?
2. (location)
a. before
Bajando esta calle, mi casa queda antes que la tuya.On this street, my house comes before yours.
3. (preference)
a. before
Mariah dijo que pediría antes que robar.Mariah said that she would beg before robbing.
b. rather than
Hay muchas cosas divertidas que hacer antes que beber.There are lots of fun things to do rather than drinking.
c. sooner than
Marisa preferiría quedarse en casa antes que salir con Carl.Marisa would sooner stay at home than go out with Carl.
4. (importance)
a. before
Antes que todo, soy madre y tengo que pensar en el bienestar de mis hijos.Before anything else, I'm a mother and I have to think of my children's welfare.
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