Is it okay in English to use the adverbial phrase "right away" at the beginning of a sentence?

For example, is it okay instead of

I will hug him right away.

to say

Right away I will hug him.

or is it not making any sense in English?

  • Right away, my answer was yes. – James Sep 1 '18 at 3:33

Yes, you can use right away at the beginning of a sentence. However, as an introductory phrase, it should be followed by a comma:

In your example sentence it would also be constructed similarly:

Right away, I will hug him.

However, that sounds strange. Using right away at the start of a sentence isn't normally used with the future tense. It's commonly used with the past or present tense—and, if I think about it, a phrase that involves a helper verb:

Right away, I could see he needed a hug.
Right away, I wanted to hug him.
Right away, I gave him a hug.

I can't explain exactly why this would be the case.

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