Could anyone do the favor of sharing their thoughts on the following?

Which is correct? -

"I will visit him by earlier next week"


"I will visit him by early next week".

which is I need to visit him the beginning of next week, so can I use earlier next week/early next week to refer to 'the beginning of next week'? or are there other expressions? I believe the context is self-explanatory ..it has no different meaning in the backdrop.


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Your first sentence is ungrammatical. An example using a comparative is

I will visit him earlier than next week.

which means you will visit him this week.

The second sentence is grammatical

I will visit him by early next week.

but it means you will visit him sometime between now and (say) Tuesday.

To say that you will visit him at the beginning of next week:

I will visit him early next week.

  • "I will visit him earlier next week" is OK in the context of a weekly visit, say on Friday this week and before Friday next week. (But yes, by doesn't belong in that meaning either.)
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Nov 8, 2020 at 9:54
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    Without context, 'earlier' needs a comparison, otherwise it reads like an advert: "our product is cheaper." Commented Nov 8, 2020 at 9:58
  • Appreciate your contribution.Thank you. Was very useful @WeatherVane
    – Neha rose
    Commented Nov 10, 2020 at 6:17
  • Thank you for your time. @AndrewLeach
    – Neha rose
    Commented Nov 10, 2020 at 6:19

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