Unit 4.2

Adverbs of Time


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Introduction

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.

Form

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

Example

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

Use

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 takes place.

Summary

Adverbs of time give information about when, for how long and how often (frequency) the action takes place.

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

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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