We'll go over the most important German time adverbs that refer to the various points in the past. Also: what you think "früher" is and what it actually is :)
gerade, vorhin, kürzlich, vor kurzem, früher,ebe
This root was essentially a pointer to a presence that was not yourself.
this, that here
It could be a person or thing, but also a place or a time.
Here’s an overview over the relatives
- he, him, his
- it (used to be “hit”)
- et cetera
German and English sources “spell” the root very differently, but I think they’re talking about the same thing.