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    As Early As Fed's Meeting

    I have a question about a possible error here:


    "The Fed did say it did not expect to raise rates at its next meeting in April but many economists believe the first rate hike could come as early as the Fed's June meeting."


    The phrase "as early as" refers to time. But "the Fed's June meeting" is an event, not a point in time. So, "as early as the Fed's June meeting" seems off. Would this rewrite:

    "....as early as the time of the Fed's June meeting"


    be better?

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    No, The Fed's June meeting is a point in time.

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    @SoothingDave

    The Fed's June meeting occupies a point in time, but it is itself not a point in time.

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    Picky, picky.

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    @MikeNewYork

    So, the original is flawless standard English?

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    It is close enough. The meaning was clear. Are you here to learn or criticize?

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    What does "as early as" mean to native speakers?

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
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    The Fed's June meeting occupies a point in time, but it is itself not a point in time.
    Nonsense. You can measure things in time as "before" or "after" or "during" this meeting. It is a particular point in time. A milestone. A landmark.

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    What does "as early as" mean to native speakers?
    Not before. If something will happen "as early as X," then it will happen at X or some time after. The earliest we would expect to see it happen will be X.

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    Re: As Early As Fed's Meeting

    'The first rate hike came as early as the Fed's June meeting.'
    May I take it to mean 'The first rate hike came early at the Fed's June meeting'?
    Not a teacher.
    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    The Fed's June meeting occupies a point in time, but it is itself not a point in time.
    It is not a point in time but represents a point in time.

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