As soon as conjunction of time

“As soon as” is an adverbial subordinating conjunction of time, used to introduce depending clause. Generally, as soon as is used to express or show an action that immediately happens after earlier action is just completed. Simply, it is used to express two actions with minimum gap in which one follows another. So, let’s learn about the correct use of “As soon as conjunction of time.”

Rules to use as soon as conjunction of time

  • First of all, you must not forget that as soon as is used to introduce subordinate clause.
  • It can be used either in the middle or at the beginning of the given sentence.
  • Generally, ‘will’ isn’t used to express about the future in the as soon as clause. Instead, present auxiliary is preferred.
  • When we speak about the future, we use simple present. In certain situations, present perfect is also applicable. But, in both situations, meaning will be same as you want to express in future.
  • In case of, present and past tense, same auxiliary is applicable with same meaning.
  • The meaning of “Once” is same in meaning with as soon as. Hence, occasionally, we may use “Once” as a replacement for as soon as.
  • Usually, “immediately after” is replaced with as soon as or once.

Useful examples of as soon as:-

Example of future and present tense


  • As soon as we reach at the reservation centre, we will let you know about the status.
  • We will let you know the status as soon as we reach at the reservation centre.

In both situations, we are speaking about the future. But, in the as soon as clause, we have used simple present with future meaning.

Secondly, we have used as soon as interchangeably at the beginning and in the middle of the sentence.

  • As soon as it rains, children start enjoying.
  • As soon as they win a game, they start dancing.

In both examples, we have used simple present tense.

  • Don’t worry, I will not let you down, as soon as I have promoted.
  • As soon as they have realized, they express regret.

Here are the examples of present perfect with as soon as but meaning is in future.

In the present tense, both meaning and auxiliary are same.

Examples of past tense

Past simple and perfect are used interchangeably with same meaning.

He started playing as soon as he declared fit.

As soon as he came out of injury, he resumed playing.

Landslide occurred as soon as train left tunnel.

Child started crying as soon as it had noticed mother.

These are examples showing as soon as in the past tense with simple and perfect. Next time, I will bring you no sooner than.

Coordinating conjunction not only but also

As well as and both and conjunctions