I want to use this phrase in an email to my previous supervisor to let her know that I will send her my essay in the near future.

Does the phrase "in the upcoming days" sound normal to a native English speaker and also convey the intended message?

  • It may depend where you are. "Upcoming" sounds American to me. In Britain it would be quite sufficient to say "In the coming days..." – WS2 May 2 '18 at 18:18
  • I would agree with @WS2 that "in the coming days" is more natural in Br English. However "the coming days" can be a very extended period. I would would say "in the coming few days" or, more colloquially "in the next few days". – BoldBen May 2 '18 at 18:41
  • in the near future is idiomatic. in a few days is also idiomatic, as is in the next few days; but both the last two are ambiguous and can be interpreted to mean 3 days or 30 days; because few does not say much, and in a communication such as this, it can be used to be ambiguous on purpose: "some more or less short period of time*. So, I would either use in the near future, which is less ambiguous, or I would be explicit and state how many days, even if it's an approximation, as within the next X days. or within the next X weeks. Otherwise, you are not saying much. – AmE speaker May 2 '18 at 19:53

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