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    Some doubts. Check this out please.

    I have some doubts with these expressions: "immediately", " at once" and "right now"... I know they almost mean the same concept, but my question is: Can I use them indifferently without changing the meaning of the sentece or are there some rules to know in order to use them correctly?

    I'd like to know the same for: "eventually" and "sooner or later".

    I'd really appreciate if you could make some examples too with all these expressions.

    Thanks so much in advance for your explanation.

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    Re: Some doubts. Check this out please.

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I have some doubts with these expressions: "immediately", " at once" and "right now"... I know they almost mean the same concept, but my question is: Can I use them indifferently without changing the meaning of the sentece or are there some rules to know in order to use them correctly?

    I'd like to know the same for: "eventually" and "sooner or later".

    I'd really appreciate if you could make some examples too with all these expressions.

    Thanks so much in advance for your explanation.
    These phrases can be used interchangeably with very little difference in meaning. Words such as "eventually," and "immediately" sound more advanced and mature but there is nothing at all wrong with using the others.
    As a side note, "Can I use them indifferently without..." The word indifferently means not to care. Perhaps the word differently or interchangeably would fit more in keeping with the meaning of this sentence.

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    Re: Some doubts. Check this out please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharonk123 View Post
    These phrases can be used interchangeably with very little difference in meaning. Words such as "eventually," and "immediately" sound more advanced and mature but there is nothing at all wrong with using the others.
    As a side note, "Can I use them indifferently without..." The word indifferently means not to care. Perhaps the word differently or interchangeably would fit more in keeping with the meaning of this sentence.

    Thanks very much!

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    Re: Some doubts. Check this out please.

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I have some doubts with these expressions: "immediately", " at once" and "right now"... I know they almost mean the same concept, but my question is: Can I use them indifferently without changing the meaning of the sentece or are there some rules to know in order to use them correctly?

    I'd like to know the same for: "eventually" and "sooner or later".

    I'd really appreciate if you could make some examples too with all these expressions.

    Thanks so much in advance for your explanation.
    They are not always interchangeable, especially if you use them in the past tense or future.

    "Immediately he arrived home, he ate his dinner" (Immediately on arriving home ...)
    "Tell him to see me immediately he gets here.
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    "He eventually came to agree with me".
    Also in the present:
    When you drop an ice cube into boiling water, it immediately melts.

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