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I'm trying to phrase something like this:

...an event that occurred immediately before his injury

However, immediately isn't the word I want. I looking for something something that implies that it was a little more in the past than immediately, but not too far. If I weren't already referencing a past event I'd say something like

...an event that occurred recently.

But,

...an event that occurred recently before his injury.

doesn't sound correct to me.

What's the word I'm looking for?

  • ...an event that occurred [a while][a short while][not long][a little][some time] before his injury – chasly from UK Oct 8 '15 at 23:22
  • How about ...an event which occurred only just before his recent injury ?. – WS2 Oct 8 '15 at 23:26
  • @chaslyfromUK Perfect! I don't know why I was fixated on using a single word. Brain fart I guess. – MikeH Oct 8 '15 at 23:28
  • @WS2: also good. Post as answers and I'll upvote. Sorry I only have one "accepted" to give :) – MikeH Oct 8 '15 at 23:31
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Here are some suggestions:

...an event that occurred [a while][a short while][not long][a little][some time] before his injury –

  • or [shortly] before – StoneyB on hiatus Oct 9 '15 at 1:27
  • or "right before". – Graffito Oct 9 '15 at 9:48
  • or "just before" – chasly from UK Oct 9 '15 at 9:57
  • Additionally, consider using "that had occurred". – Mathieu K. Oct 10 '15 at 15:15
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How about ...an event which occurred only just before his recent injury ?

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