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    Default As early as the 1980s

    Does it mean "early 1980s" or "so early as 1980s"?
    2p) Unfortunately, this success story did not last long. As early as the 1980s, a new, more dangerous breed of the disease called “TR4” (Tropical Race 4) first appeared in Taiwan, and went on to destroy 70 percent of its Cavendish population.

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    Default Re: As early as the 1980s

    It emphasizes how long ago it was. Not this decade or the last or even the 1990s, but all the way back in the 1980s.
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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: As early as the 1980s

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It emphasizes how long ago it was. Not this decade or the last or even the 1990s, but all the back in the 1980s.
    That's right. I could have appeared as late as 1989, but no later.

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