early / soon Posted on By The word soon means a short time after now, a short time in the future. If right now it is April, and Harry will graduate from college in May, then he’ll be graduating from college soon. If it’s 5:30 and I will be home at 6:00, then I will get home from work soon. The word early has two meanings: 1) Near the beginning of a particular period of time I’ll be traveling early next month. or ( between the 1st and the 10th of the month) She gets up very early in the morning. or ( probably around 5 AM) Early in his career, he worked at Microsoft. or ( in the beginning of his career) 2) Before the expected time If most people graduate after 4 years, but Harry did intensive study and will graduate after 3 years, then he will graduate early. If I normally get home from work at 6:00 PM but today I’m coming home at 3:00 PM, then I’m coming home early. If a project must be completed by December 31 but I complete it by December 15, then I have finished it early.