a. He talked to me at four o'clock before meeting Jim.

b. He talked to me at four o'clock, before meeting Jim.

c. He mentioned your case in his second conversation with me before the last time we talked.
d. He mentioned your case in his second conversation with me, before the last time we talked.

e. He mentioned your case in his second conversation with me, that is, before the last time we talked.

 

Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?
Which are natural?

Do (a) and (b) imply that he talked to me right before meeting Jim?


Is (c) ambiguous? It seems to me that it can mean the same as (e), but couldn't it also mean 'He mentioned our case in the antepenultimate conversation with had?!

And could the comma be replaced with 'and' in (b) and (d)?

 

Many thanks.

 

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