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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




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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Hi Adam
I have a simple question,  how do we use simple past with adverb of frequency as(sometime) , I've learned in our school that we use present simple with this  adverb
Best wishes

Hello Ola!
First off, we are a small team here, and we get a lot of questions every day - we can't guarantee a quick reply, although we do try! In answer to your question, you use adverbs of frequency with the past tense to talk about your habits in the past. For example:
I usually went to school by bus, but sometimes I walked. 

Hope that helps!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hi Adam,
I would you like to know why I can't put the expression "during the summer" as category "how long" and the word "all night" as category "when". I didn't understand the difference between both words/expression.
Thank you,

Hi Karol,
'During the summer' is not a length of time, which is why it can't go in that category. 'All night' is not usually a specific time.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish

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