I am not sure if using "before" is correct here:

The Stars Music Group did a fantastic job at the University of Kansas before a large group of Iranian and American audience.

Is that correct? or should I use

"in front of"

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    What's the problem? why down vote?!
    – Blake
    Mar 29, 2015 at 13:24
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    possible duplicate of What does "before" mean here? Mar 29, 2015 at 13:29
  • Read the link but I would just contribute a "Yes", your usage of "before" sounds fine in your sentence.
    – Brandin
    Mar 29, 2015 at 13:31
  • "Before" is perfectly valid here, It means essentially the same as "in front of".
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 29, 2015 at 13:46
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    The use of "before" here is normal English, but what follows isn't. You can't refer to a group of audience, regardless of the size of the group, or the nationality of the audience. Mar 29, 2015 at 14:03

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Yes, see meaning 3 in Longman's Dictionary

used to say that something happens where it can be watched by people

  • Doesn't this make the question general reference? Mar 29, 2015 at 14:52

One of the many meanings of 'before' is 'in front of'.

And if you search the meaning of 'in front of' you'll get the meaning as 'facing someone or a group' or 'in someone's presence'. E.g. - He shy to speak in front of the crowd. We should not quarrel in front of our children.

So it is clear that 'in front of' perfectly fits in this situation. But the question is does 'before' fit here?

The uses of 'before' are : in the presence of, when confronted by, in front of, etc. E.g. - The prisoner was brought before the judge. The bravely stood before the enemy. He is standing before me.

Thus we may conclude that though the idiom 'in front of' is 'more' appropriate than 'before' yet we may use 'before' in the above case.

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