soon

soon
soon [su:n]
adverb
   a. ( = before long) bientôt ; ( = quickly) vite
• we shall soon be in Paris nous serons bientôt à Paris
• he soon changed his mind il a vite changé d'avis
• see you soon! à bientôt !
• quite soon dans peu de temps
• soon afterwards peu après
• all too soon it was time to go malheureusement il a bientôt fallu partir
   b. ( = early) tôt
• Friday is too soon vendredi c'est trop tôt
• I couldn't get here any sooner je n'ai pas pu arriver plus tôt
• how soon can you get here? quand pourrais-tu être là au plus tôt ?
• must you leave so soon? il faut vraiment que vous partiez si tôt ?
• so soon? déjà ?
• in five years or at his death, whichever is the sooner dans cinq ans ou à sa mort, s'il meurt avant cinq ans
• no sooner said than done! aussitôt dit aussitôt fait !
► as soon as
• as soon as possible dès que possible
• I'll do it as soon as I can je le fais dès que je peux
• as soon as he spoke to her he knew ... dès l'instant où il lui a parlé il a su ...► the sooner
• the sooner we get started the sooner we'll be done plus tôt nous commencerons plus tôt nous aurons fini
• the sooner the better! le plus tôt sera le mieux !► sooner or later tôt ou tard
   c. (expressing preference) I'd sooner you didn't tell him je préférerais que vous ne le lui disiez subj pas
• I'd as soon you ... j'aimerais autant que vous ... + subj
• I would just as soon stay here with you j'aimerais tout autant rester ici avec vous
• I'd sooner not j'aimerais mieux pas
* * *
[suːn]
adverb
1) (in a short time) bientôt

it will soon be three years since we met — voici bientôt trois ans que nous nous sommes rencontrés

see you soon! — à bientôt!

2) (quickly) vite

it soon became clear that — il est vite devenu évident que

3) (early) tôt

soon enough — assez tôt

the sooner the better — le plus tôt sera le mieux

the sooner we leave, the sooner we'll get there — plus nous partirons tôt et plus nous y serons vite

as soon as possible — dès que possible

I spoke too soon! — j'ai parlé trop vite!

as soon as he arrives — dès qu'il arrivera

sooner or later — tôt ou tard

all too soon the summer was over — l'été est passé bien trop vite

tomorrow at the soonest — demain au plus tôt

and not a moment too soon! — il était temps!

4) (not long)

they left soon after us — ils sont partis peu après nous

soon afterwards — peu après

no sooner had I done something than... — j'avais à peine fait quelque chose que...

5) (rather)

I would just as soon do X as do Y — j'aime autant faire X que faire Y

I would sooner not do — j'aime autant ne pas faire

sooner him than me! — plutôt lui que moi!

he would sooner die than do — il préférerait mourir que de faire

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least said soonest mended — Prov moins on en dit, mieux ça vaut

no sooner said than done — aussitôt dit aussitôt fait


English-French dictionary. 2013.

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