ADVERBS OF TIME

Part 1

Adverbs of time tell us when an action happened, but also for how long, and how often. Adverbs of time are invariable. They are extremely common in English. Adverbs of time have standard positions in a sentence depending on what the adverb of time is telling us

ADVERBS THAT TELL US WHEN

.Adverbs that tell us when are usually placed at the end of the sentence

EXAMPLES

.Goldilocks went to the Bears’ house yesterday

.I’m going to tidy my room tomorrow

.I saw Sally today

.I will call you later

.I have to leave now

.I saw that movie last year

Putting an adverb that tells us when at the end of a sentence is a neutral position, but these adverbs can be put in other positions to give a different emphasis. All adverbs that tell us when can be placed at the beginning of the sentence to emphasize the time element. Some can also be put before the main verb in formal writing, while others cannot occupy that position

EXAMPLES

 (Later Goldilocks ate some porridge. (the time is important

   (Goldilocks later ate some porridge. (this is more formal, like a policeman’s report

 (Goldilocks ate some porridge later.(this is neutral, no particular emphasis

ADVERBS THAT TELL US FOR HOW LONG

.Adverbs that tell us for how long are also usually placed at the end of the sentence

EXAMPLES

.She stayed in the Bears’ house all day

.My mother lived in France for a year

.I have been going to this school since 1996

In these adverbial phrases that tell us for how longfor is always followed by an expression of duration, while since is always followed by an expression of a point in time

EXAMPLES

.I stayed in Switzerland for three days

.I am going on vacation for a week

.I have been riding horses for several years

.The French monarchy lasted for several centuries

.I have not seen you since Monday

.Jim has been working here since 1997

.There has not been a more exciting discovery since last century

 
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