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.

Some research:

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


  • Did you happen to consult a thesaurus? On this and other SE sites, not including the research you've done is a reason to place the question on hold. Commented Mar 26, 2016 at 1:35
  • Not a comment on grammar, but on courtesy: it is much better to give an explicit date before which a response will be given, rather than a vague soon or in the near future or eventually or when the universe winds down ... Commented Oct 9, 2016 at 15:30

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The generic idiom for this is:

I'll get back to you

I'll get back to you (on that). and Let me get back to you (on that). I will report back later with my decision. (More likely said by a boss to an employee than vice versa.) Bob: I have a question about the Wilson project. Mary: I have to go to a meeting now. I'll get back to you on that. Bob: It's sort of urgent. Mary: It can wait. Sue: Shall I close the Wilson account? Jane: Let me get back to you on that.


Also comes in acronym form:


I'll Get Back to You


  • But 'I'll get back to you' distances the 'soon' assurance. It's further (perhaps not too much further) down the continuum that ends at 'Don't phone us ...'. Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 8:51

Shortly: in or within a short time.

I will respond to your request shortly. I'll get back to you shortly.

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