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    in short

    Dear friends, given the context, could you propose another synonym for "in short"?
    Does it mean "to put it briefly" or "soon"? Taking into account the punctuation, I am more prone to the first version.
    "The funeral, in short, was hastened, on account of the rapid advance of what was supposed to be decomposition."

    (http://poestories.com/read/premature)
    Last edited by Mher; 03-Apr-2015 at 09:49.
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    #2

    Re: in short

    "To put it briefly" is OK. "In short" doesn't mean "soon."

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    #3

    Re: in short

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    "To put it briefly" is OK. "In short" doesn't mean "soon."
    Correct, but why the wink?

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    Re: in short

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Correct, but why the wink?
    I suppose it's a force of habit. I just mean it as a friendly gesture.

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    #5

    Re: in short

    In my opinion, "in short" has no reason to be there.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 04-Apr-2015 at 23:45. Reason: typo

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    #6

    Re: in short

    'In short' is there because Poe puts it in the last sentence of a relatively lengthy descriptive paragraph. IMO it has every reason to be there.

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    #7

    Re: in short

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In my opinion, "in short" has no reason to be there.
    I totally agree with you, Mike. I asked the question for this very reason. "In short" certainly sounds weird here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    'In short' is there because Poe puts it in the last sentence of a relatively lengthy descriptive paragraph. IMO it has every reason to be there.
    Dear Roman, the last sentence is a logical continuation of the previous one. Saying "in short" implies that one has deliberately omitted some obvious details and have immediately jumped to the given sentence. Here I do not see any attempt of such kind. In fact, I am now thinking about replacing "in short" with "thus" or "hence" in the Armenian version. That is how I read this sentence.
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    #8

    Re: in short

    Mike didn't know the rest of the text. Roman does, and he's right. If there was a long description before, then "in short" means the same as "to summarize" or "in a nutshell." But shorter.

    I'm sure that now that Mike knows the context of the line, he'll agree.

    "In short" does not mean than anyone deliberately omitted anything. You had it right in your post: it means "in brief."

    I hope that helps!
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    Re: in short

    This reminds me of a person who goes on and on with a story and then says "to make a long story short". I usually say "Too late".

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    #10

    Re: in short

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    Dear friends, given the context, could you propose another synonym for "in short"?
    Does it mean "to put it briefly" or "soon"?
    And by the way, I don't think anyone mentioned this, but soon and shortly can mean almost the same thing. I'll be with you soon. I'll be with you shortly. (Shortly is usually sooner than soon. It just a little longer than right away.)
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