Time expressions in English

TIME – expressions in English

The following adjectives refer either to time or duration. Check their meaning and then do the exercise below using some of the expressions below:

provisional – for present time but likely to change
chronological – following the order in which a series of events happened
simultaneous – happening at exactly the same time
prolonged – continuing for a long time
futuristic – strange and very modern
historical – representing things from the past
current – of the present time
contemporary – existing or happening now
previous – happening before something else
temporary – not lasting

Exercise
1. He has a  p………………. offer of a place at Oxford University.
2.  C……………………… opinion amongst scientists may soon change.
3. There were s……………………………. news reports across the world.
4. My p……………….. presentation didn’t contain enough visual material.
5. The novel offers a f…………………….. view of the world where computers dominate.
6.  The t………………… exhibition is showing in the Terrace Room.
7. The effects of p…………………… exposure to second-hand smoke may be harmful.
8. Archaeologist are hoping to work out the c…………………………….. order of events.

Are you done with the exercise? If yes, check your answers below.

Key:
1. provisional  2. current  3. simultaneous  4. previous  5. futuristic  6. temporary  7. prolonged  8. chronological

There are colloquial expressions relating to time, as well as idiomatic ones. Check some below:

In a blue moon – very rarely We meet once in a blue moon.

All his/her born days – all his/her life She’s spent all her born days in London.

For donkey’s years – for a long time Mary has been working here for donkey’s years.

Till the cows come home – forever We can talk about this topic till the cows come home.

For keeps – forever Are you sure he gave you this stuff for keeps?

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