Earlier and Next


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Earlier adverb – So as to precede something in order of time.
Usage example: he had arrived earlier to take care of some preliminary matters

Next is an antonym for earlier.
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Next adverb – At the time or occasion immediately following.
Earlier is an antonym for next in topics: order, time.
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  • Film / The Front Line When "Two Seconds" spots the goggles next to the young recruit she had shot earlier, her Cold Sniper persona is seen shaken for the first time.
  • Webcomic / Meaty Yogurt Then much later they actually arrive long enough to apologise for not introducing themselves earlier, complement the blueness of our sky and promise to bring pizza next time.
  • Earlier editions had this as a standard, however: firing into melee and missing the original target would instead hit someone next to them.
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Next and Earlier. (2016). Retrieved 2020, November 25, from https://thesaurus.plus/related/earlier/next
Earlier & Next. N.p., 2016. Web. 25 Nov. 2020. <https://thesaurus.plus/related/earlier/next>.
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