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    #1

    I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    In this sentence 'I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can' do both adverbs work as well and of the same meaning? (I read this sentence, in which the adverb fast is used, in THE STREET LAWYER in THE PENGUIN BOOKS. )

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    #2

    Re: I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    I think in BrE these two are almost interchangeable. A third choice would be "as soon as I can".
    To be really pedantic, "fast" may indicate the speed I will travel to the apartment. "Soon" could indicate that I will set off immediately, without delay, even though the travel may be slow. "Quickly" may be closer in meaning to "soon".
    But I still think they are all used to mean almost exactly the same things.

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    #3

    Re: I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    There's no practical difference between the choices in AmE either.
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    #4

    Re: I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    Because of the word "back", I don't think that "fast" can refer to travel speed. It refers to the lapse of time.

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    #5

    Re: I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    If you are talking about a short lapse of time, wouldnt "quickly" be better?
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    #6

    Re: I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    Not necessarily.

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    Re: I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    Many many thanks to all of you for throwing light on the use of fast and quickly in this context. Thank you very much!

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    #8

    Re: I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    In colloquial usage, you could also hear as quick as I can used.

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    #9

    Re: I'll be back at the apartment as fast/quickly as I can.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In colloquial usage, you could also hear as quick as I can used.

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