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    Default the sooner(earlier

    In the second blank, does it have to be only "sooner" or will "earlier" also do? The answer goes "sooner", which I think is too limited.

    basic7)___The earlier___ we leave, __the sooner(earlier)_ we will arrive.

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    Default Re: the sooner(earlier

    This is a matter of euphony. You can substitue earlier for sooner, but if you do you should do so in both clauses.

    The sooner we leave, the sooner we will arrive.
    The earlier we leave, the earlier we will arrive.
    Both of these are fine.

    The earlier we leave the sooner we will arrive is understandable but unnatural.

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    Default Re: the sooner(earlier

    eu·pho·ny
    ˈyo͞ofənē/
    noun
    [COLOR=#878787 !important][/COLOR]

    • 1.
      the quality of being pleasing to the ear, esp. through a harmonious combination of words.


    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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