What are the Adverbs of Time?

Adverbs Of Time provide information on when something happens. Not

only when an action happened, but also for how long, and how often.

When an action happened: today, yesterday, later, now, last year.

For how long: all day, not long, for a while, since last year.

How often: sometimes, frequently, never, often, yearly.

1/ When?

The “When” adverbs of time are usually placed at the end of the

sentence.

Examples:

  • My friends went on a journey yesterday.
  • I’m going sort out things in my room tomorrow.

2/ How long?

The “how long” adverbs are usually placed at the end of the sentence.

Examples:

  • Peter stayed out all day.
  • I lived in Japan for a year.

3/ How often?

The “How often” adverbs expressing the frequency of an action are usually placed before the main verb but after auxiliary verbs (such as be, have, may, must).

Examples:

  • You never do your homework. (Before the main verb)
  • He is never at her desk at time. (After the auxiliary be ’is’)
  • We must always respect and care for our parents. (After the auxiliary must)
  • I have never smoked. (After the auxiliary have and before the main verb smoked)

Remember:

Adverbs of time that answer the question ”WHEN” are placed after the verb or entire expression (at the end of the sentence).

Examples:

  • James won his first Oscar last year.

Common single-word time adverbs:

1.points of time (definite):
  • now
  • then
  • today
  • tomorrow
  • tonight
  • yesterday

2.frequency (definite):

  • annually
  • daily
  • fortnightly
  • hourly
  • monthly
  • nightly
  • quarterly
  • weekly
  • yearly

3.frequency (indefinite):

  • always
  • constantly
  • ever
  • frequently
  • generally
  • infrequently
  • never
  • normally
  • occasionally
  • often
  • rarely
  • regularly
  • seldom
  • sometimes
  • regularly
  • usually

4.relationships in time (indefinite):

  • already
  • before
  • early
  • earlier
  • eventually
  • finally
  • first
  • formerly
  • just
  • last
  • late
  • later
  • lately
  • next
  • previously
  • recently
  • since
  • soon
  • still
  • yet