Earlier and previous
What is the difference between the two?
There is a subtle difference in the way these two adjectives are used. I will try to explain using the definitions and examples.
Earlier: Happening or done before the usual or expected time:
"UN weapons inspectors leave Syria earlier than planned.” (meaning that although they planned on leaving in October, they actually left in September).
Previous: Existing or occurring before in time or order. “Before the inspection, they went over the results of the previous inspection.”
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