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Evelyn
Difference between " prior " and "earlier"? "prior engagement" or "earlier engagement" are all right? How about "prior to my graduation" and " earlier than my graduation"?
Feb 9, 2012 3:51 AM
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Prior and earlier can both be used in many cases, but not all. "I ate breakfast earlier." = "I ate breakfast earlier than now." "I ate breakfast early."= I ate breakfast at an early time. "I ate breakfast prior to starting out." - Note that prior needed some event to compare with it. Also, placement is different. I could say: "Prior to my graduation, I got married." It could also be the reverse order. I would say: "I got married earlier than my graduation." (Actually, you would seldom hear it put this way - more likely - "I got married before I graduated."
February 9, 2012
Something that happens before an event Is called prior
February 9, 2012
Evelyn
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Chinese (Other), English, German
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