Laura E
Difference between 빨리, 얼른, 즉시, 어서, 바로 ... ? Can someone explain me the differences between those all? Which are more common and natural to use and in which situations? Thanks!
Jun 28, 2019 11:38 AM
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* 빨리 - quickly, fast (can mean both quick response and high rate of speed). Most common word in the group. * 얼른 - immediately; without delay. A colloquial everyday word for doing something quickly. *어서 - 1) similar to 얼른, 2) a word of an encouragement or demand ("어서 오세요." = welcome.) * 즉시 - immediately (즉=immediate, 시=time). More formal and urgent sounding than 얼른 or 어서. * 바로 - right away; without delay, waiting, going astray, etc. (It is not always time-related.) Only 빨리(빠르다 = fast) and 바로 (바르다 = right, straight, upright) have an adjective form. 바로 is not as much about quick action as it's about not straying or dawdling. - 학교 끝나면 바로 집으로 와 = Come home straight after school (without hanging around or going somewhere.). 빨리, 얼른, 어서 can all be used to prompt someone to action in everyday situation. - 점심 빨리/얼른/어서 먹고 나가서 놀자 = Let's finish lunch quickly and go out and play. 즉시 (and also 즉각) is similar to 바로 but sounds more serious and urgent - 그가 돌아오는 대로 즉시 떠나야 한다 = We have to leave as soon as he comes back.
June 28, 2019
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