Grammar Info
N1 Lesson 10: 17/22
以前 いぜん Before, Not even, Before even, Precede, Far from
Structure
Noun(1) + 以前(に)
Noun(1) (A) + 以前 + + Noun (B)

(1) A(2) + (Antonym) A(2)
Verb (A) + Verb (A)[ない](2)
(2) [な]Adjective、[い]Adjective
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使用域 一般
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  • (A) 以前 is used when a certain level/stage has not been reached yet, and the more fundamental issues of (B) remain. Often used to criticize thoughtless remarks, irresponsible attitudes, and the like. The noun 問題 is commonly modified by 以前.
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ポイ捨(す)て法律(ほうりつ)以前(いぜん)道義(どうぎ)的(てき)な問題(もんだい)
When it comes to littering, before even the law, it is a moral issue.
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