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    #1

    Question "before long", "not before long", "not long before"...

    Dear all,

    What are the differences among the 3 sentences?

    ...............................................
    Before long, I got up.
    Not before long, I got up.
    It was not long before I got up.
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    Do they all mean "soon"?
    (From my dictionary the most proper one should be "before long"...)

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    #2

    Re: "before long", "not before long", "not long before"...

    The first and third are basically the same. I wouldn't use the second.

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