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gayyyyk

Senior Member
Russian
hello! Which one is correct ? - “I came home 5 minutes earlier than the day before” or “I came home 5 minutes early” ? are they both acceptable ? Can we say “ x minutes earlier than..”?
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    They are both correct but mean different things.
    “I came home 5 minutes earlier than the day before”
    Yesterday, I returned at 6 p.m. and today I returned at 5.55 p.m.
    “I came home 5 minutes early”
    I usually get back home at 6 p.m. but today I got back at 5.55 p.m.

    The first is in comparison to the previous day. The second is in relation to the time at which the speaker usually returned home.
     

    gayyyyk

    Senior Member
    Russian
    They are both correct but mean different things.

    Yesterday, I returned at 6 p.m. and today I returned at 5.55 p.m.

    I usually get back home at 6 p.m. but today I got back at 5.55 p.m.

    The first is in comparison to the previous day. The second is in relation to the time at which the speaker usually returned home.
    Thnks!
     
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