Soon vs. early

30. 4. 2022

B1- B1 B2 C1

WRONG: On Mondays, I get to work soon.
RIGHT: On Mondays, I get to work early.

This week’s mistake seems like a very simple one, but you’d be amazed at how many times I’ve heard students make mistakes with it.

It centres on the different uses of the word ‘brzo’.

The first use is the English word ‘soon’ and you use it to express that something will happen after a short time in the future. So, you might say, ‘See you soon’ or ‘I will repair the table soon.’

‘Early’ is when something happens before a normal or a scheduled time. So if you normally wake up at 8am, but one day you wake up at 7, you wake up early. If the train is due to arrive at 6pm but arrives at 5.30pm, it has arrived early.

2 komentáře: “Soon vs. early”

  1. Hello, I have been trying to fully understand the difference but I am still not so sure. Can I ever use soon in the past? Like in the sentence. Ona odešla brzo. She left soon. Meaning very fast after her arrival.
    Thank you very much. Lucy

    • Hello Lucy,

      Yes, you can use the word „soon“ in the past. „She left soon“ means she didn’t stay long. However, normally we would say „She left soon after …“ and add more context.
      „She left early“ would imply early morning.


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