Focus on the pronunciation of early
› near the beginning of (a period of time), or before the usual, expected, or planned time: I got up early this morning to walk the dog. Sheena’s in her early thirties. She arrived early for the interview. If you finish early (= before the end of the allowed time) you can go home. Detroit has been an automotive center since the early days/years (= the beginning time) of car manufacturing. Here’s a dish I prepared earlier (= I made a short time ago). It was a great race for Needles, who took the lead early on (= soon after the start).