immediately/right away/straightaway

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AmeliaWu

Member
French
Hello,

I was wondering if I could use immediately/right away/straightaway interchangeably in such a context:

The student follows the teacher's directions immediately/right away/straightaway.

or

I always do my tasks immediately/right away/straightaway.

Thank you in advance :)
 
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    Yes, you can.

    To my ears, 'right away' is more AE and straightaway more BE (but we do use both in BE).

    I would also say that in your slightly formal, or at least neutral sentences, 'immediately' would be the obvious one to use. 'straightaway' sounds slightly informal.
     

    AmeliaWu

    Member
    French
    Yes, you can.

    To my ears, 'right away' is more AE and straightaway more BE (but we do use both in BE).

    I would also say that in your slightly formal, or at least neutral sentences, 'immediately' would be the obvious one to use. 'straightaway' sounds slightly informal.
    Thank you very much for your quick reply and clear explanation :)
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Yes, straightaway is not so common in American English. Right away is very common.
     
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