Using “One day before”

I want to express the following idea:

Do your homework at least one day before the submission deadline.

Suppose the 2nd person knows about this submission deadline thing (or may be clear from the context). Say, the previous sentence was “The submission deadline is 1st August”. Then is it grammatically correct and meaningful to say “Do your homework at least one day before”?

Answer

Before” as an adverb is typically used to mean “before this point in time”.

It’s better to use a preposition there, as in “Do your homework at least one day before the submission deadline” or as a conjunction, as in “Do your homework at least one day before the submission deadline occurs”.

An acceptable alternative that I think captures what you’re intending is “The submission deadline is 1st August. Do your homework at least one day before it”.

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