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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Adverbs: Part Two

 
 

Adverbs of Time: When?

after (later than)

I'll phone you after work.

already (at some past time)

I already saw that movie.

during (at the same time)

I phoned John during the TV commercial.

finally (in the end)

I've been waiting for six weeks, but I finally got a letter from my friend travelling in Europe.

just (close past)

They just got married. Now they are leaving on their honeymoon.

last (the most recent)

Last night I went out for dinner.

later (after a time)

Why don't we go for coffee later? I can't go now.

next (nearest in future)

I'm going to Hawaii next week.

now (at this time, present)

Why don't we go for coffee later? I can't go now.

recently (close past)

Judy recently won a big prize for her latest novel.

soon (close future)

Soon I'll be on holidays and then we can go to Paris.

then (at that time, future or past)

Soon I'll be on holidays and then we can go to Paris.

tomorrow (the next day, future)

Tomorrow is my birthday.

when (at that time, past or future)

Call me when you finish your homework.

while (at the same time)

While you were out, your girlfriend called.

yesterday (the day before, past)

Did you watch the hockey game on TV yesterday?


Adverbs of Time: Frequency (How often?)
Shown in order of most often to least often

always

I always have lunch at 12 o'clock.

often

I see Jane often. She works in the same building as I do.

every

I have dinner at my grandmother's house every Thursday.

once a ______

I have dinner with my grandmother once a week.

usually

When I visit my grandmother, we usually watch TV after dinner.

sometimes

Sometimes my grandmother and I play cards.

from time to time

I see Tom from time to time. I saw him a month ago.

seldom

I seldom see Mary. I can't remember the last time I saw her.

rarely

I rarely see Jim. He lives 50 kilometres from me and I haven't seen him in two years.

never

I will never go to that restaurant again. It was terrible!


Adverbs of Time: Duration (How long?)

for (amount of time)

The doctor told Tom to stay in bed for three days.

forever (all time)

Tom wants to live in Canada forever.

from ___ to ____

Mary is going to be in Tokyo from April 1 to April 21.

since (action begins at a specific time in the past)

Tom has been afraid of heights since last year, when he fell off a ladder and broke his leg.

still (action continues)

Mary is still on holidays. She returns next week.

until (action finishes at a specific point)

We can't leave the children until the babysitter arrives.


Adverbs of Place: (Where?)

everywhere (in all places)

Flowers are blossoming everywhere in the city.

here (the place you are)

Bring the letter here, so I can read it.

there (a place far from you)

Jack was there this morning. Do you know where he is now?