Unit 4.2

Adverbs of Time


Adverbs are nouns that function as modifiers of other elements of the clause. They can provide a wide range of information.

Adverbs of time are used to provide information about the time.

Adverbs are usually positioned after auxiliary verbs (to be/to have) or before other verbs.

We use adverbs of time to describe the time of an event or action.

The most commonly used are: all day, already, later, now, since, soon, today, tomorrow, tonight, yesterday…

  • We had a stomach ache all day.
  • We have already been to the emergency room.
  • I think she will give you the medicine later.
  • I am tired now.
  • We have lived together since 1999.
  • See you soon!
  • I should do it today.
  • Anna is getting her head shaved tomorrow.
  • Are you going to wear a scarf tonight?
  • A famous singer died yesterday.

We use adverbs of time to give information about an event or action. They show when, for how long and how often (frequency) the action took place.

Adverbs of time give information about the time when something happens.

The most commonly used are: now, yesterday, tonight, tomorrow, today, soon, already, later, all day, since

For example:
— “I’m studying now.” = We use now to underline the fact that the action is taking place at the moment of speaking.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.


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