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    nearly a month earlier

    On 1 June 1937, she started her round-the-world flight. The flight went well in June. She reached New Guinea on the 29th. She had gone flying nearly a month earlier.

    What does "earlier" mean here? Please.

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    Re: nearly a month earlier

    Hi puzzle,

    As I read it, it means, quite literally, that she started her flight one month (approximately, in this case) before she reached New Guinea.

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    Re: nearly a month earlier

    Why not just say " nearly a month "? Is it good English with "earlier" here? Please.

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    Re: nearly a month earlier

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Why not just say " nearly a month "? Is it good English with "earlier" here? Please.
    Hi puzzle,

    IMO, to just say "nearly a month", you would need to change the main verb: "She had been flying for nearly a month".

    Also, IMO, it is correct with "earlier".

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    PS: Maybe native speakers/teachers will have something else to say.
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    Re: nearly a month earlier

    She started flying on June 1. On June 29, she had been flying nearly a month. 28 days = nearly a month.

    The passage would be greatly improved, in my opinion, by changing the word "gone" to "started."
    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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    Re: nearly a month earlier

    I am not sure why the author gives both the exact dates and an approximation.

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    Re: nearly a month earlier

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I am not sure why the author gives both the exact dates and an approximation.
    Split personality?
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