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D00M
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:26:02 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Why did you go so early/soon?

Are both early and soon correct in the above, please?

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
BobShilling
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 3:33:33 AM
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Both would be possible in some contexts, but not in others. Did you have a particular context in mind?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 5:01:43 AM

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I agree - it's difficult to say which one is better.

I think (the way I would speak) I would normally use "early" if I were referring to a time-measurement system (the date or the hour of the day).

I would often use 'soon' if I were referring to some other event.

It was only seven-o'-clock! Why did you go so early?
You didn't need to be there till Wednesday, but you left on Sunday. Why did you leave to early?

You had only just arrived. Why did you leave so soon?
We'd just finished eating. Why did you leave so soon?


However, I'm sure this is not a 'rule' - and I don't really know whether others use them in the same way.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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