Student or Learner
The guests arrived early. The whole committee was caught by surprise.
I have transformed the sentence as follows:
The guests' early / earlier arrival caught the whole committee by surprise.
1. Is 'whole' redundant?
2. Should it be 'early' or 'earlier'?
1. Not if you're emphasizing that every person on the committee was present and surprised.
2. "Early." "Earlier" refers to something that happened before the committee was surprised.