Time Expression, Definition and Examples

English Time Expression, Definition and Examples

English Time Expression, Definition and Examples


Time Expression
The present – permanent

Used for all – time and permanent times

  • Sofia now live in a small town.
  • Nowadays I live in a big town.
  • These days, Tom doesn’t have much of a social life.

Here is Telling the Time Phrases

The present – temporary

We take advantage of the present time to describe events in temporary situations.

  • At present / At the moment living in Paris.
  • For the time being I’m living in a crow town, but I hope to move soon.

Listening about a period of time in the past

  • My big sister started work as a nurse in the 1960s.
  • In those days they lived in London.
  • Back then Teachers were badly paid.
  • At that time, nurses lived in special accommodation.




Talking about a single event in the past

  • At one time he lost her door key and had to stay in a hotel.
  • On one occasion she nursed the child of a famous politician.
Sequencing events in the past

We can list events in the past in many ways. Here are some of the more common ones.

  • After (in the middle of a sentence)
  • Afterwards / After that / After a while (used at the beginning of the sentence.)
  • Then / Before (used at the middle or at the beginning of a sentence)
  • Before that / Previously / Until then (used at the beginning of a sentence)
  • By the time (used in the middle of a sentence followed by a past perfect tense)
  • By then / by that time (used at the beginning of a sentence)

 

Example Sentences

  • I went side of my mother after I finished work.
  • I worked all day in the school. Afterwards / After that, I went shopping.
  • I went to party. After a while, I got bored.
  • Tom worked before he went shopping.
  • She went shopping at 7pm. Before that / Previously / Until then she had worked all day in the office.
  • I worked all day, then I went shopping.
  • He was desperate to go shopping by the time he had finished work.
  • Tom worked until 8pm. By then / By that time, he was glad for the opportunity to go jim.


Asking The Time Examples

  • What time is it?
  • What is the time?
  • Do you have the time?
  • Do you know what time is it?
  • Could you tell me the time, please?
  • Do you happen to have the time?
  • Have you got the right time?
  • What time do you make it?

 

Answering the Questions Examples

  • It’s exactly or about or almost or just gone …
  • Sure, it is 3:00
  • Sorry, I am not wearing a watch.
  • 2:30
  • It is 4:20
  • It is ten past ten.
  • The time is 8 o’clock.

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