before the usual, arranged or expected time
near the beginning of a period
arriving, developing, happening, etc. before the usual, arranged or expected time
happening towards the beginning of the day, one's life, a period of time, etc.
"an early warning"
"an early death"
"took early retirement"
"an early spring"
"early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"
"in an early stage"
"early forms of life"
"an early computer"
"the early inhabitants of Europe"
"in other times"
"at an early age"
"the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."
"Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700"
"look for an early end to the negotiations"
"early on in her career"
"she graduated early"
"the house was completed ahead of time"
"he awoke betimes that morning"
Our most important are our earliest years.
出自： W. Cowper
She had come up..by an early train.
出自： H. James
My earliest memory is a smell of bacon.
出自： Day Lewis
Women pick up these conventions at such an early age.
出自： I. Murdoch
In the early hours of the next morning.
出自： U. Bentley
Voltaire perceived very early in life that to be needy was to be dependent.
出自： J. Morley
We got out early, just after sunrise.
出自： S. Leacock
One clear, bright morning early in April.
出自： K. Amis
误 It happened on a cold morning in the early of January,1980.
正 It happened on a cold morning early in January,1980.
析 “1月初”在英语里是early in January。
误 You early; none of the others are here yet.
正 You are early; none of the others are here yet.
误 Earlier to bed and earlier to rise is a good habit which every one of us should practise.
正 Early to bed and early to rise is a good habit which every one of us should practise.
析 early to bed and early to rise是习惯用语,其中early不可用比较级形式。