# Ago or Earlier

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#### duhong

##### Member
Hello there,

May I use ago or earlier in this sentence without changing the meaning?

There was heavy rain three days earlier(or ago).

Thank you and God bless you all!

• #### fsm*

##### Senior Member
If you are counting backwards from today, you must say:

There was heavy rain three days ago.

If you are talking about a time in the past, and you are counting backwards from that time, you can say:

There had been heavy rain three days earlier.

##### Senior Member
Hello there,

May I use ago or earlier in this sentence without changing the meaning?

There was heavy rain three days earlier(or ago).

Thank you and God bless you all!
Hello Duhong,

"There was a heavy rain three days ago." Or you may also say,
"It was raining heavy three days ago". Or
"Three days ago there was a heavy rain."

Greetings!

##### Senior Member
If you are counting backwards from today, you must say:

There was heavy rain three days ago.

If you are talking about a time in the past, and you are counting backwards from that time, you can say:

There had been heavy rain three days earlier.

Very clear and simple way to explain it, fsm*!

#### heath.lijie

##### New Member
fsm*, Does "There had been heavy rain three days earlier." mean it rained for three days?

#### heath.lijie

##### New Member
If you are counting backwards from today, you must say:

There was heavy rain three days ago.

If you are talking about a time in the past, and you are counting backwards from that time, you can say:

There had been heavy rain three days earlier.
fsm*, does "There had been heavy rain three days earlier" mean it rained for three days?

#### WyomingSue

##### Senior Member
No, it does not mean it rained for three days. To say that you need something like:
"There had been heavy rain for three days, earlier in the week/month."

#### Hermione Golightly

##### Senior Member
No, it tells us only that there had been heavy rain three days earlier. It doesn't tell us anything about how long it had been raining, or how often it had rained before that day.

Hermione

##### Senior Member
No, it tells us only that there had been heavy rain three days earlier. It doesn't tell us anything about how long it had been raining, or how often it had rained before that day.

Hermione

Assertive explanation! Plain and simple.

Best regards,

#### heath.lijie

##### New Member
No, it does not mean it rained for three days. To say that you need something like:
"There had been heavy rain for three days, earlier in the week/month."
Thank you, WyomingSue

#### heath.lijie

##### New Member
No, it does not mean it rained for three days. To say that you need something like:
"There had been heavy rain for three days, earlier in the week/month."
No, it tells us only that there had been heavy rain three days earlier. It doesn't tell us anything about how long it had been raining, or how often it had rained before that day.

Hermione
Hermione, Thanks for your plain explanation.

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