Can I use the word shortly in this sentence:

  • Did you send the email ?

  • No, not yet , I will send it shortly

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    Note that you can say "in this sentence" or "in a sentence such as this"...but not "in this such sentence" Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 7:42
  • You can use it. The word "shortly" means "in or within a short time".
    – thein lwin
    Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 7:42

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  • Did you send the email?
  • No, not yet, I will send it shortly.

This is acceptable, though if using this form people would often be using it as part of mentioning who it will be sent to. For instance: "I will send it to him shortly."

More common when not specifying the recipient would be:

  • "I will send it in a second" (very soon, but realistically this often means in 60 seconds or possibly more)
  • "I will send it in a minute" (generally same meaning as "shortly"...some number of minutes, usually)
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    Other common replies might include: "I will send it soon" or "I will send it as soon as I can."
    – J.R.
    Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 10:11

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