My child has been sick for just 2 days and now he is much thinner than he was 2 days ago.

Do you have a common phrase to express that idea in English?

U am not sure "no sooner.. than" is suitable in this case?

For example, No sooner have you been sick for just 2 days, you are much thinner than you were 2 days ago.

Is there a common phrase to express a thing has already happened really soon after something has been happened?

  • Suddenly, is often used to express this.
    – EllieK
    Commented Mar 6 at 13:19
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    "My child has been sick for just two days and he is already much thinner than he was" (you don't really need to specify "two days ago", because that's obvious). Commented Mar 6 at 13:44
  • Please edit to make the question clearer, because I took a different meaning away than others have. Your example is "X happened, so Y is a result." Is your point that Y happened very soon after X? Or that X itself is very recent? If it's the latter, then words like "just" are enough: "You have just been sick." or similar expressions like "recently," "lately," etc. Commented Mar 6 at 20:54

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A common phrase used to mean immediately after is “right after”:

Right after being sick for 2 days, you are much thinner than you were 2 days ago.

You could also just write “immediately after,” but depending on context, this sounds slightly more forceful.


As a result

As a result of something

because of something:

  • Profits have declined as a result of the recent drop in sales.
  • As a result of the accident, he suffered permanent brain damage.
  • In future, extreme weather events are likely to be worse and more frequent as a result of climate change.
  • She died last week as a result of complications from Parkinson's disease.
  • It was suspected that the building had collapsed as a result of structural failure.

Cambridge dictionary


As a result of the illness you got very thin

I would say no sooner than would be used like

No sooner than you get over 1 cold, you get another one.

So it is about things pilling on top of each other not because of each other.

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