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    Earlier I did ...

    Hello.

    This is my friend's sentence. To correct it I changed into two examples below. (My friend didn't mind)

    1.''Earlier I go to a fitness club, before my studies''. Can I use ''earlier'' in the second and third examples?
    ''Earlier I used to go to a fitness club before I started my studies''.
    ''Earlier I used to go to a finess club before starting my studies''.

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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    No. Your second sentence will be okay if you remove "earlier". It's redundant because "I used to" by itself establishes the time frame.
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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Hello.

    This is my friend's sentence. To correct it, I changed into two examples below. (My friend didn't mind.)

    1.''Earlier I go to a fitness club, before my studies''. Can I use ''earlier'' in the second and third examples?

    2. ''Earlier I used to go to a fitness club before I started my studies''.
    3. ''Earlier I used to go to a fitness club before starting my studies''.
    See my corrections above.

    In sentences where "Earlier" is used correctly at the start, there would be a comma after it. For example, "Earlier, I played tennis".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See my corrections above.

    In sentences where "Earlier" is used correctly at the start, there would be a comma after it. For example, "Earlier, I played tennis".
    I might be wrong but I think ''earlier'' and ''before'' shoudn't be used together either. I changed the original sentence into ''Earlier, I went to a fitness club. That was before my studies/before starting my studies''.

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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    I don't agree with that. I have no problem with "Earlier, I went to the gym before I started studying".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't agree with that. I have no problem with "Earlier, I went to the gym before I started studying".
    I see that you used ''before I started studying''. ''Before my studies'' and ''before starting my studies'' don't sound natural?

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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I see that you used ''before I started studying''. ''Before my studies'' and ''before starting my studies'' don't sound natural?
    "before my studies" certainly sounds odd there. I'd use "my studies" to refer to a much longer period of time, perhaps the entire duration of a course. "before starting my studies" sounds as if you meant before embarking upon a course of study.

    It's generally most natural to use the verb "study".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I see that you used ''before I started studying''. ''Before my studies'' and ''before starting my studies'' don't sound natural?
    "Studies" doesn't mean "studying". It's the wrong word for the context.
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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "Studies" doesn't mean "studying". It's the wrong word for the context.
    I mean before embarking upon a course of study as emsr2d2 said.

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    Re: Earlier I did ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I mean before embarking upon a course of study as emsr2d2 said.
    I used to go to a fitness club before I started my studies.
    The problem with the quoted sentence is that, after reading the first clause, the reader expects you to describe a habitual action in the second. For example, I used to go to a fitness club every morning before school.

    Oddly, it works OK if you reverse them. This is an example of idiomatic usage that might defy explanation.
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