Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Misused words: "Presently"

"Presently" means soon, not now.

The adverb to use to describe an action taking place in the present is "currently".

It is also all right to use the word "now", if it is not obvious from the present tense of the verb.

Avoid waffle like "at the present moment in time" that adds nothing to the meaning.

In Shakespeare's time, "presently" did actually mean "currently", as you can see in his plays.

Things move faster nowadays!

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