Unit 11.2

Time words


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Introduction

Time words are words related to time that we use to express time information and to sequence events.

Form

We usually put time words before the main verb of the sentence:

Time word + subject + verb + object
Subject + time word + verb + object

However, it is also common to find time words at the very end of the sentence:

Subject + verb + object + time word

 

It is fundamental to match time words with the correct English tenses:

TENSE TIME WORDS
Simple Present Always, every day/month/week/year, often, usually, sometimes, frequently, never.
Simple Past Ago, in (past year), last (month/week/year), yesterday.
Simple Future Next (month/week/year), tomorrow, in (future year).
Present Perfect For, just, since, yet, never/ever, always, lately, recently, already.
Present Continuous At the moment, now, right now, tonight.
Past Continuous As, while.

NOTE: Some time words may go with more than one tense.

Example

  • I always sing in the shower.
  • She went to New York five years ago.
  • He will go to school tomorrow.
  • We‘ve lived in Italy for ten years.
  • What are you readinga t the moment?
  • While I was working, the children were playing video games.

Use

We use time words to locate the action in a specific time of the past, present or future.

Summary

We use time words with specific tenses to locate past, present and future actions and we usually find them at the beginning or end of a sentence.

For example:
— “I sometimes go swimming in the lake.” = we use the simple present with sometimes.
— “I met him more than ten years ago.” = we use the simple past with ago.
Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

Exercises

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