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Marcos Paulo Silveira Vilaça
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:55:43 PM

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Don't call us before because we will be attending a lecture by then
Is it correct?
leonAzul
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 9:57:50 PM

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Marcos Paulo Silveira Vilaça wrote:
Don't call us before because we will be attending a lecture by then
Is it correct?


It is not correct, and has nothing to do with passive voice.

The word "before" is a preposition that requires an object that expresses a certain time or date.

The expression "by then" indicates something that happens after a specified time, the opposite of before.

These examples would make sense:

     Please don't call us before 11:00 because we will be attending a lecture until then.

     Please don't call us after 10:00 because we will be attending a lecture by then.



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BobShilling
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018 5:11:32 AM
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leonAzul wrote:
The word "before" is a preposition that requires an object that expresses a certain time or date.


Before can be used in the following ways:

as a conjunction (connecting two clauses):
Think carefully before you choose.

as a preposition (followed by a noun):
We’ll finish the project before Christmas.

as an adverb (without a following noun):
I’d met him once before.


https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/before
thar
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018 6:41:24 AM

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Just to emphasise this is not a passive voice

That would use 'be' + past participle
The lecture will be attended by students and the public

What you have is a progressive aspect, active voice - 'be' + present participle:
we are attending the lecture
we will be attending the lecture
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