as the fifth century/as in the fifth century

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ordinarydaniel, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. ordinarydaniel

    ordinarydaniel Senior Member

    Chinese - Hong Kong
    Hi all,
    Between the two sentences below, which one is correct? And why? Could someone give me an answer? Thank you in advance!

    1. The poem was written as early as the fifth century.
    2. The poem was written as early as in the fifth century.
     
  2. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - England
    Use the first (1.). 2. is not correct, in my view.

    As early as evokes a time (eg. as early as 4 pm). The fifth century is a time; in the fifth century is not a time.
     
  3. Glasguensis

    Glasguensis Signal Modulation

    Versailles
    English - Scotland
    1 is correct, because the relationship between the poem and the fifth century is defined by either “in” or “as early as”, but not both.
     

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