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We use ago after an expression of time.

Ago indicates a finished time and is normally used with a past tense.

The difference between ago and before

Ago is normally used with a simple past to count back from a present moment. Before is used with a past perfect to count back from a past moment.

Before can be used without a time expression to mean 'any time before now/then'.

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As, since, because and for
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of
Below and under
Above and over
Both and both of
As if and as though
Fairly, quite, pretty and rather
Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
No and none


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