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Unit 4.2

Adverbs – 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.

Main adverbs of time

  • Now
  • Yesterday
  • Tonight
  • Tomorrow
  • Today
  • Soon
  • Already
  • Later
  • All day
  • Since
  • I am reading now.
  • A famous singer died yesterday.
  • Are you throwing a party tonight?
  • Anna is getting married tomorrow.
  • I should do it today.
  • See you soon!
  • We have already divorced.
  • I think she will give you her e-mail address later.
  • We were at my dad’s house all day.
  • We have lived together since 1999.

Adverbs of time are used to show when something happened or when someone did something. Some adverbs of time may show for how long and how often (frequency) the action took place:

  • Now (at the moment);
  • Yesterday (the day before today);
  • Tonight (today at night);
  • Tomorrow (the day after today);
  • Today (this present day);
  • Soon (at a time that is not long from now);
  • Already (before now);
  • Later (afterwards);
  • All day (lasting for an entire day);
  • Since (from then until now).

Adverbs are important as they modify other elements in a sentence. Adverbs can give information about the time when something happened and these are called adverbs of time.

The main adverbs of time are: Now, yesterday, tonight, tomorrow, today, soon, already, later, all day and 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.
— “I studied yesterday.” = We use yesterday to underline the fact that the action took place the day before the moment of speaking.
— “I’ll study tomorrow.” = We use tomorrow to underline the fact that the action will take place the day after 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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