Tell me please which one of the following sentences is correct, and if the are both correct, then is there any difference in meaning?

As I said it earlier he was not going to win.

As I said it before he was not going to win.

By the way, do I have to include the pronoun it there?

  • Given the fact that the end of both of these sentences is "he wasn't going to win" then it is redundant here. And earlier and before have different meanings, earlier references to a time before a certain time. Earlier in the morning, earlier today, earlier this week, and if not provided the time to which it references then the speaker knows the listener is aware of the time he is speaking of. Before can be any time in the past. "I've told you that before, I don't want you wearing shabby clothes to Ernie's wedding!" the speaker here might have said it months ago. – Liron Ilayev Sep 1 '19 at 9:21

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