Learn English Vocabulary – Short vs. Shortly



In many cases, we can make an adjective into an adverb by adding ly. And when we do this, the meaning of the adverb is basically the same as the adjective it is made from:

  • Jen is a quick runner. She runs quickly.
  • This is a very slow train. It moves slowly.

However there are some exceptions and short and shortly are one of those.

SHORT means low in height or not long enough

  • I am too short to reach the top shelf. Can you hand me that book?
  • I was surprised that the actor is short. He looks tall on TV.
  • This USB cable is short, so I need to move the printer closer to the PC.

SHORTLY means in a little while from now

  • I’ll be finished with this phone call shortly and then we can chat.
  • The taxi should be here shortly, so put on your jacket and get ready.
  • Here is your table. The waiter will be with you shortly.

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