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Session 18

Welcome to English In A Minute. Give us a minute and we'll give you a hot tip about English. Grammar, vocabulary... there's so much to learn! And all taught by your favourite BBC Learning English staff!

Activity 1

Soon vs Early vs Quickly

Do you know how to use soon, early and quickly in English? Georgina's going to tell us in this English In A Minute video - our 60 second free English class.

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Georgina

Hi I’m Georgina from BBC Learning English. Do you ever wonder about the difference between Soon, Early and Quickly? They all have similar meanings but are used in different ways.

Soon is used when we talk about something happening in a short time from now!

I’ll see you soon! In about five minutes.
The film is starting soon – hurry up or we’ll miss the start!

Early is used when we talk about something happening before the expected time.

I had to go to work early because I had a meeting.
If you get up early, you can go for a run.

Quickly is used when we talk about something happening rapidly or at a fast pace.

We’re late. We need to walk quickly!
I’m so excited! He replied to my text very quickly.

That reminds me - I have a meeting starting soon! I’ve got to go!

Bye

 

Soon, Early and Quickly

Soon is used when we talk about something happening in a short time from now.

I’ll finish work soon. See you in 10 minutes.

The concert starts soon. We should go to our seats.

 

Early is used when we talk about something happening before the expected time.

I had to go home early because my wife needed help.
If you don't get up early, you can't go for a run.

 

Quickly is used when we talk about something happening rapidly or at a fast pace.

We need to finish quickly!

He isn't working very quickly.

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