before long, within a short time
"the doctor will soon be here"
"the book will appear shortly"
"she will arrive presently"
"we should have news before long"
One day soon she would refurnish the entire flat.
出自： F. Swinnerton
I must go back soon, perhaps tomorrow.
出自： I. Murdoch
误 How long is he coming?
正 How soon is he coming?
析 当表示“(在某事发生之前)将有多长时间”时,要用how soon,不可用how long。
误 When she heard the knock, she opened the door soon.
正 When she heard the knock, she opened the door immediately.
误 Lunch was ready soon before he came back.
正 Lunch was ready shortly before he came back.
析 表示“在…前不久”,可说shortly before...,不可说soon before。
误 He said he'd sooner die than to betray his friend.
正 He said he'd sooner die than betray his friend.
析 would sooner...than...表示“宁愿…而不愿…”, would sooner和than后面都可接不带to的动词不定式。
误 He will phone me as soon as he will arrive.
正 He will phone me as soon as he arrives.
误 I will write again as soon as I shall be free.
正 I will write again as soon as I am free.
析 as soon as引导的状语从句中的谓语动词,只能用现在时来表示将来的时间。