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directly, as soon as

Directly is an adverb meaning “immediately,” or “in a straightforward manner.” It may also be used to mean “very soon.”

  • We leave for the cottage directly (immediately) after work every Friday.
  • We rarely go directly (straight) there; we often make detours for groceries and sightseeing.
  • Instead of getting directly (immediately or straight) to the point, Jack always begins with long-winded explanations.
  • I’ll be with you directly (very soon).

British English uses directly as a conjunction equivalent to as soon as, but this colloquial use is not common in Canada.

  • Directly (As soon as) we’ve had our tea, we’re off to the pub.