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Adverbs of Time

1. What are Adverbs of Time?

Adverbs of time modify the meaning of a sentence by telling us when, for how long, an action happens. Many adverbs of time are the same as adverbs of frequency. There is quite a bit of overlap between these two types of adverbs.

Here are some examples of adverbs of time:

  • yesterday
  • today
  • tomorrow
  • later
  • now
  • last year
  • since 1999/Monday/3 o’clock etc.,
  • all day/month/week etc.,
  • for a week/a year/a 100 years etc.,

2. Where do Adverbs of Time go?

Adverbs of time are most often placed at the end of a sentence. For example:
  • I’m going on holiday tomorrow.
  • She left yesterday.
  • We are watching TV now.
All adverbs that tell us when can be also be placed at the beginning of the sentence if we want to to emphasize the time.
  • Next year, I’m going to university.
  • Now, I have to clean my room.
  • For 10 years we’ve been friends, and not once have we argued.

3. Order of Adverbs of Time

If you need to use more than one adverb of time in a sentence, use them in this order:

1: how long 2: how often 3: when

  • She worked at the hospital (1) for four days (2) every week (3) last year.