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Adverbials of time

Level: beginner

We use adverbials of time to describe:

  • when something happens:

I saw Mary yesterday.
She was born in 1978.
I will see you later.
There was a storm during the night.

We waited all day.
They have lived here since 2004.
We will be on holiday from 1 July until 3 August.

They usually watched television in the evening.
We sometimes went to work by car.

Adverbials of time




concerning Flautinés' question, can we say" Thomas will graduate from collage next month. Or Thomas is going to graduate from collage next month.
Thank You.

Hi shadyar,

Have you seen our talking about the future page? The different ways of speaking about the future are explained there.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, would you please clarify the use of "in ", "by","within",and "until"in the following sentence.
The project may finish in two years time.
The project may finish by two years .
The project may finish within two years.
The project may finish until two years .
Thank you

Hi shadyar,

Could you please explain to use how you understand the differences between these sentences? Then we can confirm or correct you as needed.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Well done

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Hi, I´m glad to be subscribed to this site. I´ve started studying grammar not long time ago and I was trying to do an exercise in a different site and there´s something that I don´t get completely.
This is what I tried to do:
"Thomas (graduate)_________from collage next month. He is trying to study for finall exams, but he is thinking a lot about his vacation plans"

And I completed the space by writing "is graduating" but when I checked the answer they say the correct answer is "graduates" so finally I don´t understand.
Is this due to the "adverbs"?...I´m lost.

Hi Flautinés and welcome to LearnEnglish,
I wouldn't like to comment on the activity you were doing but I can say that, in the example you provide, both the present simple ('graduates') and the present continuous ('is graduating') are perfectly OK.  In modern English we can often use both of these tenses for fixed or arranged future events:
He's graduating next month
He graduates next month
The train is leaving at five o'clock tonight
The train leaves at five o'clock tonight
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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