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I found the following sentence on a website. Could someone please let me know what is the meaning of "on before" in the sentence. What is the difference between the following sentence and a sentence in which "on before" is replaced by "before". By that I mean, is it feasible to remove "on" without changing the meaning of the sentence.


I think you really need to try these on before buying.

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"on before" is not a phrase. The phrasing is "try these on / before buying". "on" is part of the phrasal verb "try on", meaning to put on (an item of clothing) to see how it fits/suits.

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You need to parse the sentence like this.

I think you really need to try these on ( before buying).

try something on means 'put it on as a test'. eg to see if it fits, or to see if you like it.

Clive

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