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layman9

Senior Member
vietnamese
From (old/previous/earliest/latest) times people have celebrated the end of the winter.
Could you tell me the correct answer?
My choice is "old" but I am not sure because "previous" sounds reasonable.
Thank you very much for your help.
 
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    Senior Member
    American English
    None is great, but it depends on what you want to say. Here's one thought:

    Since the earliest times, people have celebrated the end of winter.
    Since ancient times, people have celebrated the end of winter.
     

    layman9

    Senior Member
    vietnamese
    Thank you teacher but there is not "the" in the above sentence. So, which one should I go for?
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    In my view, the only correct answer is "earliest".

    "Old" and "previous", while not factually wrong, are too vague to be used in this sentence.
     
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