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Things earlier often describes (“earlier ________”)
years, period, work, times, days, stages, chapters, studies, date, part, version, periods, stage, age, chapter, works, ones, versions, discussion, study, generations, writers, draft, ages, history, forms, section, centuries, editions, writings, generation, books, sections, research, book, literature, phases, drafts, attempts, era, efforts, example, decades, reports, phase, findings, experiments, examples, experiences, models, novels, paper, poems, discussions, edition, decision, volumes, tradition, statement, observations, plays, views, decisions, report, papers, theories, article, publications, investigations, letter, statements, texts, one, authors, traditions

How earlier often is described (“________ earlier”)
little, much, fortnight, present, available, hour, possible, clear, evident, true, active, open, apparent, ready, dark, detailed, unknown, visible, century, popular, prevalent, effective, litde, impossible, wrong, absent, successful, prominent, ill, sick, mature, aware, angry, pregnant, drunk, unthinkable, busy, symptomatic, offensive, twelvemonth, applicable, sleepy, detectable, hungry, implicit, prepared, rude

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Book See earlier used in context: 3 rhymes, 2 Shakespeare works, several books and articles.

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