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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.||shortly - for a short time; "he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive"|
|2.||shortly - in the near future; "the doctor will soon be here"; "the book will appear shortly"; "she will arrive presently"; "we should have news before long"|
|3.||shortly - in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner; "he told me curtly to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone"; "he said shortly that he didn't like it"|
|4.||shortly - 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"|
|5.||shortly - at a short distance; "the hem fell shortly below her knees"|
she's going to London shortly → irá a Londres dentro de poco
details will be released shortly → los detalles se comunicarán en breve
we'll be along shortly → iremos enseguida
shortly before/after → poco antes/después
shortly before two → poco antes de las dos