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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:21:53 AM
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Hi,

Are there any adverbs for the very near future?
I'm looking for one that's like "recently" but can be used for the future tense.

I'd appreciate your help.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:27:09 AM

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Shortly
presently
Directly
In just a moment

Some people use 'momentarily' to mean soon, in a moment.
But to me that sounds wrong. To me it means for a short time, for a moment.

For more, look up synonyms of shortly. The others can mean other things in other contexts so some synonyms won't fit.
raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:29:46 AM
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Thank you. I'm looking for expressions that don't indicate such a near future. Maybe words suitable to use when we talk about next week or next month, for example.
tautophile
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:59:45 AM
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Why not simply say "in the next few days" or "in the next week or so"? Or "in the not too distant future"? A simple "soon" is indefinite and open to many interpretations.
Víctor Lplz
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:27:30 PM

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Hello,
For instance, forthcoming week/month, or upcoming week/month, or nearby week/month.

Regards
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:26:21 PM

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Why not simply use "soon"?
raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:48:49 PM
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If you knew a person would be back 30 days from now, would you truthfully say, "He will be back soon"?

Clyde of Oz
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:26:50 AM

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before long
before very long
in a while
in a few days/weeks
quite soon
fairly soon


any use?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:59:03 AM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
If you knew a person would be back 30 days from now, would you truthfully say, "He will be back soon"?



Yes, soon is a flexible word it depends on the context.
Soon in the next 100,000 years the Red giant star Betelgeuse will go supernova and shine as bright in the day as the new moon.
In terms of the billions of years of Astronomical time 100,000 years is soon.
With regard a person being back in 30 days times as soon, not if he has gone to the shops to get a loaf of bread, but something like “John has been studying in Japan for a year, his visa runs out in 30 days so he’ll be back soon.”, 30 days is soon compared to 365 days.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:18:11 AM

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If you mean some very, very near future, you could say "I'll be back in a jiffy."
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