the week before

lilyyang tw Taiwan

She was in Paris last week and in Rome the week before.

Question:

The phrase "the week before" has to be used with "last week" together?

Can it be used by itself without last week?

I mean if I say:

She was in Rome the week before. ----> Does it make sense if I didn't mention the first part (she was in Paris last week)?

Thank you!!!

November 28 at 12:06
  • octopusbuddy us United States

    The week before just refers to a week prior to whatever time period you are talking about. It can even be used in the future tense "I need to buy my plane ticket a week before I leave" you just need to provide a reference point in time. In the example you gave this was "last week" but it could be any time.

    November 28 at 17:33
  • jungleboy pt Portugal

    >> She was in Rome the week before. ----> Does it make sense if I didn't mention the first part (she was in Paris last week)?

    No. You can say, 'She was in Rome the week before last.'

    November 30 at 17:51