Which one is anterior to the other?

If she beats (a) him he’ll claim (b) she cheated (c).
(The
Cambridge Grammar of the English Language)

The time of (c) is certainly earlier than (b). But which one is earlier between (a) and (b)?

Answer

(a) is the earlier. The sentence is predicting something that will happen after she has beaten him.

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