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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

The earlier or the earliest?

I need someone who can explain me the rule.

Is it correct to say " the earlier you come the better it is"? Or should I say "the earliest you come the best it is"?

Which of the two is the best?

Is it correct to put the article in front of "earlier"?

What is the differenc ein meaning between these two sentences?

Thanks so much for your help!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    the+comparative+the+comparative , this is the grammar rule

    the+superlative is just WRONG

    examples

    the sooner you come the better it is,

    the more you work, the more you earn,

    the more beautiful she is the easier to find a job.

    this structure is kind of an idiom, there are two more

    1.the sooner the better

    1.as hard as his brother

    3.it is getting darker and darker

    the + superlative is sth else and has no second part

    eg he is the best student

    Source(s): english teacher
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  • 3 years ago

    The Earlier The Better Grammar

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Where you are comparing two things you say the earlier or the better. Where you are comparing three or more things you say the earliest or the best.

    Your sentence is an idiom derived from the idea that you could come at 8 o'clock or you could come at 9 o'clock. 8 o'clock is earlier than 9 o'clock so you could say 8 o'clock is the earlier. 8 o'clock is better for you that 9 o'clock so 8 o'clock is better. So it's the earlier you come the better.

    On the other hand, we say "What is the earliest you can come?"

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  • 1 decade ago

    These are two different things. "earlier" is comparative, "earliest" is superlative. Phrase 2 makes no sense since you don't have a choice. "It's best to be the first." "The earlier you come the better it is." "Coming earliest" makes absolutely no sense in English.

    Greetings.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Earlier means : more early. Earliest means the one that is more early than the others mentioned.

    Therefore you'd say: "The earlier you come the better" but "John and Mary arrived early but Mary was the earliest."

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  • Trish
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    1 decade ago

    "The earlier you come the better it is."

    That is correct.

    You would use earliest like this......

    He was the earliest to arrive.

    Meaning he arrived earlier than anyone else.

    In other words....

    earlier means more early

    earliest means most early

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  • 1 decade ago

    The first one is correct.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i would say "the earlier you come the better it will be" instead of 'it is'

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  • 1 decade ago

    HAVE NOT SUCCEEDED IN UNDERSTANDING NOTHING!!! MI IS SORRY

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