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    Adverb

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    What is the exact meaning of "momentarily" ?

    Does it infer: 1) for a moment ? or,
    2) in a moment?

    Thank you

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    Re: Adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    Dear Teacher
    What is the exact meaning of "momentarily" ?

    Does it infer: 1) for a moment ? or,
    2) in a moment?

    Thank you
    It seems that in BrE it means for a moment only, whereas in AmE it also means in a moment; very soon.

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    Re: Adverb

    Yes, in the US you could say "The music paused momentarily" (for a moment) or "I'll be there momentarily" (in a moment).

    I think there's a similar difference with "presently" -- It can mean soon or now.

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