Student Stumper 52: “Earlier” vs. “Before”

QUESTION: What’s the difference between “earlier” and “before”? Is there any difference between “I saw him before” and “I saw him earlier”? ANSWER: There can be overlap in meaning, but first let’s find the more obvious differences. First, we can use “before” as a conjunction to form an adverb clause of time. It’s in direct…

Terrifying Times: A Halloween Writing Activity

Are you still looking for Halloween-related activities? A ghost story can help students review and practice adverb clauses of time.  The exercise will be more meaningful if at least part of the story is composed by the students themselves. The writing practice can then lead into reading and speaking practice depending on how you ask the…