Never before in the history

The question I have is about the function of the word "before". Is it acting as a conjunction or a preposition?

If it is functioning as a preposition, then another question arises whether we can use one preposition after the other. Because "in" follows the word "before". Please provide a specific answer to this question.

  • What is the full sentence? – BillJ May 31 '18 at 18:46
  • Neither. It's acting as a temporal adverb, meaning 'never before now'. It's better not to worry about what "part of speech" every word is; just listen to the way they're used. – John Lawler May 31 '18 at 19:39
  • Bill i couldn't find the passage . – JUNAID AHMED May 31 '18 at 19:43
  • Can we use "NEVER BEFORE IN" in a row – JUNAID AHMED May 31 '18 at 19:44

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