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1)Please get started early next time.
2)Please get started earlier next time.
Are the above two sentences correct and same?
Last edited by Raymott; 09-Dec-2011 at 19:52. Reason: correct grammar
Sorry, what I wrote before was wrong. Both 'early' and 'earlier' are acting as adverbs here - though they can both be adjectives as well. I've corrected my original post.
Here, "Early" is simply an adverb of time. "Start early"
"Earlier" is a comparative. It relates to another time - probably the last time he started.
They would both be adjectives in: "Please start at an early time" and "Please start at an earlier time".
Whether they are used adjectivally or adverbially, the point is that "start early" simply means give yourself enough time, while "start earlier" means give yourself more time than you did last time.
Thank you for your replies.
Bhaisahab post seems to be contradicting post 3#.
The main difference is that one is an ordinary modifying word - "early" - (whether it modifies the noun or the verb) and the other is a comparative. That's what you need to understand. Sometimes the difference is more obvious.
Jack says to Peter:
-1) "You need to be strong if you want to build the house yourself."
Well, Peter might be strong, so 1. doesn't mean that Jack thinks Peter can't build the house.
- 2) "You need to be stronger if you want to build the house yourself."
2 does mean that Jack thinks Peter can't build the house because he is not strong enough.
Last edited by Raymott; 10-Dec-2011 at 05:13.