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Hi teachers,
Could you possibly tell me the meaning of "two years earlier" in the below sentence?

He didn't know the girl who had died violently nine years earlier.

Does "nine years earlier" here mean" two years before" ?

Thank you in advance
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"Nine years earlier" means "nine years before," not "two years before."
Thank you Khoff

By the way ,could possibly tell me the meaning of earlier today and later this year in the following sentences:

Earlier today they sent a letter to me saying that he would not come.

Does "earlier today"mean" yesterday" ?

The elephant will be returned to the elephant house later this evening

Does" later this evening" mean" after this evening"?

Best wishes
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TuongvanThank you Khoff.
By the way please explain the maening of "earlier today" and "later this evening" in the sentences below:

Earlier today he wrote a letter to me saying he would not come
Does"earlier today" mean"yesterday"?

The elephant will be returned to the elephant house later this evening

Does"later this evening" mean"after this evening"?

Thank you in advance

Earlier today doesn't mean yesterday. He must have performed some tasks in the morning. "Earlier today" means prior to that task.
"Earlier today" means today, but earlier than right now. "Earlier today I had a headache, but I feel fine now."

"Later this evening" means later on in the same evening (today). Suppose the phone rings and interrupts my dinner. I might say, "I'm eating dinner right now. Can I call you back later this evening?"
Thank you Neeraj Jain and Khoff very much

By the way,could you possibly tell me the meaning of earlier in the evening" in the following sentence.Frankly speaking , "earlier + in the evening/in the day " seems too difficult.

Her eyes went to the hold-all at her feet which Chavez had picked up at a house in San Salvador earlier in the evening.
Does "earlier in the evening" mean "in the evening before" ?

Thank you in advance
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This question was answered on your other thread.

You are having real problems with the concepts of earlier and later, aren't you. Isn't there a similar concept in your own language? If not, I suppose it could be difficult.

Can I ask why you thought 'nine years earlier' would relate to a period of two years? Unless this was a typo then there does seem to be a real problem with understanding of time frames.

Basically though, unless otherwise specified as in 'nine years earlier', you should assume that any use of earlier or later means during that same day.

Hello Teacher and every one!

I can't understand this sentence, "I had joined the company three and a half years earlier". May anyone explain me what earlier means in this sentence?

jinh jinhI can't understand this sentence, "I had joined the company three and a half years earlier". May anyone explain me what earlier means in this sentence?

'earlier' = before that time

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