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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 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

ıt's great

Would U please help
Are these sentences grammatically well formed?
Up until then I thought I was very clever, but......
Before that time I had not seen him . 

Yes, both of those sentences are well formed. It's more common to say something like 'I hadn't seen him before then' and 'Up till then I thought I was very clever', but there's nothing wrong with your sentences.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

the exercise was nice..:)

This exercice wasn`t so hard . It was like a word game.