Any rules for 近?

So, lately I’ve been messing up with vocabulary using 近 in the time sense. I keep forgetting which ones are “recent” (ie, past) and which are “soon” (ie, future). Is there any rule of thumb for this in Japanese, or any trick anyone’s figured out for making it stick?


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I have this problem too. As far as I can tell, the only exceptions are 近々 and 近日 (which both mean soon/future). All the other vocabs with 近 mean “recent/past”. Well there’s 近い将来 which is also in the future but at least the 将来 part makes it clear.

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