Could you tell which definition is better for 'how early'?

Tenacious Learner

Senior Member
Spanish
Hello teachers,
Peter's private class is at 7:00 pm. He arrived at 6:47.
Peter: Sorry, but I'm a little early for my English lesson.
How early did he arrive at his private class?
a) A little.
b) 13 minutes before.

Could you tell which definition is better for 'how early'?
a) How early introduces questions about the period of time before the correct or expected time.
b) How early introduces questions about the period of time before the expected time.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    I would say "He arrived a) a little early / a bit early ".

    b) would only be correct if you omitted "before" i.e you can say "He arrived 13 minutes early." Or you could omit "early" and extend the answer to "He arrived 13 minutes before his class"
     

    Tenacious Learner

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Hello Franco-filly,
    Thanks for your help and comments.
    How about the definitions for 'how early? Which one is better?

    TL
     
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    Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    I think the first as you can say "We expected him (to arrive) at 10 a.m but he arrived earlier" or "He was due to arrive at 8 a.m. (i.e. the correct time) but he was (15 minutes) early.
     
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