English grammar question?

Which of the following sentences is correct?

1. I contacted you earlier about Mark Twain's book.

2. I contacted you before about Mark Twain's book.

I mean to say that i contacted the person in the past.

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 week ago

    I contacted you previously about the Mark Twain book.

    'Earlier' would be fine if the contact was made earlier in the same day.

    'Before' sounds a little awkward, maybe because it can be either an adverb or a preposition, and one has to slow down to sort out the sentence.

  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    1 week ago

    # 1 and 2 are correct, the #1 being even better.

  • Nancy
    Lv 6
    2 weeks ago

    Both are correct, albeit with somewhat different effect.  They both communicate contact in the past because "contacted" is preterit tense.   If you want to say "in the past," though, then say "in the past." 

    What would be most typical would be to say when in the past, for example:

    "I contacted you on October 15, 2019 about..."

    "I contacted you a couple of months ago about..."

    "I contacted you last year about..."

    If you don't want to get that specific, it would be more common to use the present perfect tense than the preterit tense since you're presumably going to go on to relate your past contact to something you're doing now, for example:

    "I have contacted you in the past about..."

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