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Prepositions after, before etc. as temporal determiners

"before/after " is essentially a short form of "the time period before/after ". So "before" and "after" are being used as prepositions, but the noun that they ...
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Prepositions after, before etc. as temporal determiners

"After" and "before" cannot be determiners for the simple reason that they do not situate, identify or characterize a particular Christmas or group of Christmases among all ...
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Prepositions after, before etc. as temporal determiners

Huddleston & Pullum (2002) actually address this question themselves on pp. 646-647; one of their examples closely parallels your own: They won’t consider after Christmas, of course, to be soon ...
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