English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am looking for an adjective that corresponds to the adverb soon, to fit a sentence such as:

That feature will be added in an [adjective] update.

Is there an adjective with the same meaning as soon?

share|improve this question
We really do need soonly, don't we? If you're in marketing, go ahead and use it. – John Lawler Jul 3 '14 at 22:47
You could use "soon-to-be-released" – Jim Jul 4 '14 at 1:53
What about, in the case of, "The party is soon" ? Isn't "soon" an adjective there? – user111065 Feb 18 '15 at 21:42
I wouldn't class it as one. Comparing it to 'John is here' where I'd class here as a locative particle, I'd call soon in 'The party is soon' a temporal particle. It's analysable as a remnant of 'taking place soon', where the adverb soon modifies the MWV take place. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 18 '15 at 22:06
up vote 7 down vote accepted

"Imminent" and "impending" should suffice.

You can also say "in a jiffy" if it's gonna be real quick. Pronto is another good, though informal, word meaning "quick".

share|improve this answer
merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forthcoming "appearing, happening, or arriving soon" – Jimmy Jul 4 '14 at 1:13

That feature will be added in an update coming soon.

I guess coming soon would be called an adjectival phrase.

share|improve this answer
Also good, but I didn't originally choose to do this because "coming soon" has sort of evolved to mean "coming eventually, or possible even never." – Keavon Jul 4 '14 at 7:14

I may be missing part of the question, as dialog about it seems to have been deleted, but:

  • urgent
  • immediate
  • priority   or    high-priority
  • critical
share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.