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in a short time from now, or a short time after something else happens
It will be dark soon.
David arrived sooner than I expected.
Paula became pregnant soon after they were married.
'Who?' 'You'll find out
can you finish the report?
Try and get the car fixed
as soon as possible
as soon as
immediately after something happens, without delay
As soon as she entered the room, she knew there was something wrong.
I'll come over to your place as soon as I can.
the sooner (...) the better
used to say that it is important that something should happen very soon
The sooner we get this job finished the better.
Let's get out of here! The sooner the better!
the sooner ... the sooner
used to say that you want something to happen soon, so that something else can then happen
The sooner I get this work done, the sooner I can go home.
no sooner had/did ... than
used to say that something happened almost immediately after something else
No sooner had he sat down than the phone rang.
sooner or later
used to say that something is certain to happen at some time in the future, though you cannot be sure exactly when
His wife's bound to find out sooner or later.
too soon to do something
It's still too soon to say whether the operation was a success.
The holidays were over
all too soon
much earlier than you would like
no sooner said than done
used to say that you will do something immediately
not a moment too soon/none too soon
almost too late
'The doctor's here!' 'And not a moment too soon!'
somebody would sooner do something (than)
if you would sooner do something, you would much prefer to do it, especially instead of something that seems unpleasant
I'd sooner die than marry you!
somebody would (just) as soon
used to say that someone would prefer to do something or would prefer something to happen
I'd just as soon you didn't drive the car while I'm gone.
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