(im me di ate ly)
When something is needed "immediately," it's needed right now. This is a very common adverb that indicates a situation is important and needs quick attention:
- They needed to get their mother to the hospital immediately because she was having chest pains.
- You have to move these boxes immediately.
- Pedro took his car to a mechanic immediately after noticing the engine light was on.
- She must stop doing that immediately.
- We need to leave immediately!
To make the adjective form for this word, drop the "ly" ending:
- This needs your immediate attention.
- They took immediate action to fix the problem.
- Their need for housing is immediate. (Notice that the word "need" in this sentence is a noun.)
This work needs immediate attention.
He has to get this work finished immediately!
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This page was first published on January 23, 2012. It was updated on December 9, 2016.