‘the second’, ‘the moment’ compared to ‘as soon as’ with respect to simultaneousness

I am looking for expressions that can substitute for as soon as as in the following context. What is important in this context is that the melting of snow happens extremely simultaneously and instantly as it reaches the ground. (Please excuse me, if the example sentence is clumsy. I am not a native English speaker and I’d like to be informed if there is something to fix with the sentence.)

Original Sentence(Context): Snow is melting away as soon as it gets on the ground. So it won’t pile up.

Below are what I came up with.

  1. Snow is melting away the (very) moment it gets on the ground.
  2. Snow is melting away the (very) second it gets on the ground.

Can I use the expressions in article 1, 2 while keeping the connotation?
If then, is there any difference in the degree of simultaneousness between them?


Yes, you can use either 1 or 2, and there is no significant change of meaning. In this sort of use "second" means simply "a very short length of time" and does not imply an actual measured period of one second. I would avoid the "very", as it adds little here, in my view.

Other words which might be used here are "instant" or "minute". One might also write:

  • Snow is melting away as it touches the ground.

  • Snow is melting away as it lands on the ground.

all of these imply more or less instant melting as the snow comes into contact with the ground.

Source : Link , Question Author : Smart Humanism , Answer Author : David Siegel

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