'early' or 'right away'

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I'm confused about the usage of word "early" or "right away" in the below context, which is the right sentence?

"If I don't open the door early then wait for 5 minutes."

or


"If I don't open the door right away then wait for 5 minutes."
 

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Re: Confirm, which is the right sentence?

I'm confused about the usage of the words "early" or "right away" in the below sentences. Which is right?

"If I don't open the door early (ahead of time, prematurely, before the usual time, sooner than usual) then wait for five minutes."

or

"If I don't open the door right away (immediately) then wait for five minutes."

Both are correct and natural but mean different things. The second is more likely and is probably the one you want.
 
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Re: Confirm, which is the right sentence?

Please note that I have changed your thread title.

Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
 

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Re: Confirm, which is the right sentence?

Neither is a complete sentence. They could be answers to a question, though.
 

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Re: Confirm, which is the right sentence?

I'd add a comma before then. They're complete sentences to me- they just require some more context to make things clear.
 

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Re: Confirm, which is the right sentence?

So there is no issue if I use the word "early" in place of "right away" in the context of my sentence ?
 
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