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short shortly briefly
Short is an adjective. You usually use it to say that something does not last for a long time.
Shortly is an adverb. If something is going to happen shortly, it is going to happen soon. This is a slightly old-fashioned use.
If something happened shortly after something else, it happened soon after it.
Don't use 'shortly' to say that something lasts or is done for a short time. Don't say, for example, 'She told them shortly what had happened'. Use briefly.
|Adv.||1.||briefly - for a short time; "she visited him briefly"; "was briefly associated with IBM"|
|2.||briefly - in a concise manner; in a few words; "the history is summed up concisely in this book"; "she replied briefly"; "briefly, we have a problem"; "to put it shortly"|
she visited us briefly → nos hizo una breve or corta visita
"good morning," he said, looking up briefly → "buenos días," dijo, levantando la vista fugazmente
I wondered briefly if he were lying → por un momento me pregunté si no estaría mintiendo
he was briefly detained by the police → la policía lo tuvo detenido durante un corto espacio de tiempo