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




Dear Sir,

Which sentence is appropriately correct?

The game started in Newyork at 3.00pm on Sunday 5th of July 1998.
The game started in Newyork on Sunday at 3.00pm 5th of July 1998.
The game started in Newyork in 1998 5th of July on Sunday at 3.00pm.

Hello hrnmno,

The first of these is the most natural. We generally start with the most specific reference (clock time) and then move to progressively more general (day, month and year). This can change if we wish to emphasise a certain point for some reason, but it would be unusual.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello .. i can't understand the relation between the word " today " and the phrase "the day before yesterday" ?? how could us talk about this day and then we say ( before yesterday ) ? thanks

Hello Shimaa Yasser,

If today is Wednesday, yesterday is Tuesday and the day before yesterday is Monday. I hope this clears it up for you!

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The LearnEnglish Team

Good afternoon,

Will you please explain why the "during the summer" adverbial was enclosed in the "when" category and not in the "how long" one at the answers of the activity? Aren't "during the summer" and "from June to August" forms equivalent?

Hello Dragos,

Although it indicates a period of time that begins at one point and ends at another, 'during' is typically used to refer to that whole period of time, not to indicate duration. It's a subtle difference. You might want to look up 'during' in the dictionary search box on the right side of this page – the example sentences there could be helpful in seeing exactly how it works.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk
I have always been perplexed by the usage of "period of time". The only kinds of periods meant by those who use this phrase are time, so it’s a redundancy. Simply saying “time” or “period” would suffice. Both are time words. My 2 cents :)

Good night!

Could you tell me please, which one of these are the correct one? Is the idea clear?

1. Do you ever think about stop complaining about everything?
2. Have you ever thought of stopping complaining about everything?

Hello Daniel H,

The first sentence is incorrect. The second is correct but I suspect you mean 'consider', which is more usually expressed with 'think about':

Have you ever thought about stopping complaining about everything?


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The LearnEnglish Team


I have a question about "during" and when we have to use the article "the".

If I'm referring to any night and not a specific one, which is correct, "during the night" or "during night"?

Here's an example: "If you take a walk during (the) night, be very careful."

Thank you!