English Time Expression, Definition and Examples
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)
- 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.
- It is 4:20
- It is ten past ten.
- The time is 8 o’clock.