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Which one is correct? Or I can use either one in the following sentence?

He went to the restaurant even though he'd only eaten two hours [before/earlier]

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While Latin may have a prohibition against ending a sentence with a preposition like the word before, English has no such (formal) qualms.

That being said, your average English native would be more likely to use the word earlier as opposed to before if their audience expects more formal language.

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