I woke up early today. It’s a week before Christmas and I realized I have to do some Christmas shopping. Most people do their Christmas shopping early, but not me. So, I quickly got dressed and left the house. There wasn’t a lot of traffic on the road, so I got to the mall quickly. Maybe I am a fast driver. Anyway, I bought something for my sister and the clerk gift-wrapped it for me. She was so quick! I finished my shopping by 4pm and went for an early dinner. I don’t like to eat fast food, so I had a dish of pasta at a restaurant near the mall. The service was quick and the food was great. What a great day!
Today, let’s have a look at early, fast, quick, and quickly. How to use these words can be confusing sometimes. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson:
Early means to do something before the expected time, so early relates to clock time. Early can be used as an adjective or an adverb.
- I woke up early today. ← early as an adverb
- I went for an early dinner. ← early as an adjective
Fast is an adjective which means taking a short time to do something; fast is the opposite of slow.
- Maybe I am a fast driver.
- I don’t like to eat fast food.
Quick is also an adjective which means taking a short time to do something.
- She was so quick when she wrapped my gift.
- The service at the restaurant was quick and the food was great.
Quickly is an adverb which means to do something in a quick manner; Quickly is the adverb form of quick.
- There wasn’t a lot of traffic, so I got to the mall quickly.
- The announcer spoke quickly
It’s been a long day, so I think I’ll go to bed early. Do you usually go to bed early? Do you wake up early?