Soon vs. early

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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.