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    #1

    earlier healthy

    Which are correct:

    1-John, earlier healthy, had turned decrepit because of the disease.


    2-Jeff, later tall, was in those days a small child.


    3-Jeff, later tall and strong, was in those days a small child.


    4-Jeff, later a tall and strong man, was in those days a small child.

    I think '1' and '4' work. The other two might be technically correct, but sound a bit odd to me.

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    Re: earlier healthy

    How about formerly in 1?

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    Re: earlier healthy

    Thank you very much TDOL.

    Yes, I think 'formerly works' and 'earlier' does not.
    Do the others work?


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    Re: earlier healthy

    None work for me with 'earlier' or 'later'. We don't talk that way.
    You might hear, "Now Jeff, though he turned out to be a mountain of muscle after he grew, was only a small tyke in those days." (Slang, colloquialisms not absolutely necessary).

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    Re: earlier healthy

    Thank you very much Raymott,

    How about:

    A-Leo Tolstoy, later famous as a novelist, was then serving in the same unit as Andre.
    B-Leo Tolstoy, then a simple soldier, but later famous as a novelist, was then serving in the same unit as Andre.


    Does either of those two work?

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    Re: earlier healthy

    The first would be OK as part of an essay. The second moves around too much in time.
    B-"Leo Tolstoy, later famous as a novelist, was then a simple soldier serving in the same unit as Andre."
    This is OK in a formal written passage.

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