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    #1

    when I use the word earleir ?

    a co-worker called me around 4 p.m and i was not at my desk , i saw the missed call on 7 p.m so i called him back and i asked him ( you called me earlier ?
    he said earlier this morning ? i said no it was this after noon three hours ago to be exact .he said we only use earlier if it earlier this morning .
    my question is cant we use the word earlier if it the action was taken few hours ago ?

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    #2

    Re: when I use the word earleir ?

    Your co-worker is wrong. "Earlier" means some time before the present.

    Welcome to the forum. You need to make some effort to use English properly. Your sentences were pretty good in terms of being understood, but you need to work on the following:

    1. Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    2. Capitalize "I" and proper nouns, like "English."
    3. Do not put a space before commas, periods, question marks, etc.

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