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the way it was before
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a***@gmail.com
2017-10-10 07:47:06 UTC
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1) It was better how it was before.
2) It was better like it was before.
3) It was better as it was before.
4) It was better the way it was before.

Which are grammatical?
Which are idiomatic?

Gratefully,
Navi.
Harrison Hill
2017-10-10 08:05:31 UTC
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1) It was better how it was before.
2) It was better like it was before.
3) It was better as it was before.
4) It was better the way it was before.
Which are grammatical?
Which are idiomatic?
Gratefully,
Navi.
(3) and (4) are better than (2) - which is better than (1).

They are all fairly normal English. The "before" is redundant,
and does no favours to (1) & (2).
Peter Moylan
2017-10-10 11:05:13 UTC
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1) It was better how it was before.
2) It was better like it was before.
3) It was better as it was before.
4) It was better the way it was before.
Which are grammatical?
Which are idiomatic?
(4) is best, (1) is almost as good. (3) sounds a little old-fashioned,
but it is technically correct. They all say something like "I preferred
it the way it used to be".

(2) has a different meaning: it was better, to the same extent as it was
before.
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Peter Moylan http://www.pmoylan.org
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Ken Blake
2017-10-10 16:20:45 UTC
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1) It was better how it was before.
2) It was better like it was before.
3) It was better as it was before.
4) It was better the way it was before.
Which are grammatical?
Which are idiomatic?
See your other replies, and note that as far as I'm concerned, 4 is
far and away the best choice.

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