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Vocabulary: past, present, future...
In order to help you speak about the past and the present...
|At the moment||The present|
|At present/ presently||Recently|
|Not long ago||Then|
At one time
At one/ some point
|At that time|
|On that occasion||Two days ago|
A long time ago
|It dates from|
|It goes back to||Old|
|Prior/ previous||prior to|
|Previously/ earlier||in a former life|
in olden days
in olden times
|Earlier||in the past|
|Old fashioned||outdated/ obsolete|
BEWARE: FALSE FRIENDS... (1) actual= real, existing in act, fact, or reality;
(2) presently= now, at the present time.
... and about the future too...
|My former husband||my husband-to-be|
|At some future date||in weeks/ years to come|
|Soon||in a while/ shortly|
|In the near future||in the distant future|
|After a while||impending|
|Afterwards||the following day/ month|
|Before long||at some future date|
|In the long run||after doing it|
Let's keep a FEW EXPRESSIONS in mind:
- He left a long time ago...
- It's been a long time since (+ preterite)...
- He left before I could tell him...
- Do it before going to bed...
- It has lost its former charm...
- That was prior to her resignation...
- ... a state-of-the-art car...
- it's the very latest thing...
Those words and expressions will help you pass this test with flying colours...
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