I'm looking for equivalent expressions for 'In the near future' & 'before too long'. I'd use these terms in the following way
'I will reply to you in the near future (or before too long)'.
I think 'soon' is the basic meaning of the both. So 'soon' is one option. But I'm looking other expressions.
in the near future
Very soon, within a short time. For example, We'll be needing a new car in the near future . This term employs near in the sense of “close at hand,” a usage dating from about 1300. Also see at hand , def. 2. The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary.
before too long
“before too long” figuratively means the exact opposite of “a long time long in the future”. This double negative (which is a form of understatement) is called litotes (thanks to RegDwight for pointing this out). It's the same as saying “not bad” when you actually mean “quite good indeed”.Jan 13, 2011