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    Vocabulary: expressing time

    We have already worked a lot on "TIME": the one we have ( or not), the one we save or waste, the one we make up for, but I think the need for more training is still important! 




    Therefore, here are the main expressions enabling you to speak (and understand) when conversations are dealing with it!  


     To have time to do something
     To have plenty of time to                  
     To save time
     To play for time 
     To lose/ waste time (To lose, I lost, lost)
     To make up for lost time                                              
     It takes ages! 
     It's about time! 




    - I haven't got time to do it! 

    - To pass the time/ to while the time away

    - To spend one's time doing sth

    - To take a long time to do sth

    - It's high time he left! 

    - Time flies! 

    - There isn't much time left! 

    - As time goes by (in the present)/ as time went by (in the past)




     At the same time 
     At the same moment  
     At that moment 
     Just as...
     As soon as
     Simultaneous/ simultaneously                                                               

    - as soon as I saw him/ the moment I saw him



     Just a minute! 
     Just a second!
     A moment
     An instant 
     Immediate/ immediately                                                                     
     Instant/ instantly

     At once: right away: straight away: forthwith (formal)

     AmEnglish: momentarily  

     BEWARE! momentarily= for a moment, briefly. (British English)



     On time 
     In time 
     Punctual/ punctually/ punctuality                                                
     Early/ earlier/ earlier than 
     Premature/ prematurely 
     Late/ later (on)/ later than
     Not later than
     Sooner or later 
     For the time being




    - to be early/ to arrive early for

    - to be late/ to arrive late for


     At last 
     Not... yet  
     The day when 
     Never/ not ever                                                                                 
     At no time 



    -  BE: I have already told you/ AE: I already told you/ AE: I told you already

    - Here you are at last!

    - Is he still here? 

    - Has he arrived yet? 

    - I haven't seen him yet.

    - I have never seen her/ I haven't ever seen her. 

    - Did he ever understand ...? Didn't he ever understand...?


    Quite a lot of expressions, of course, but you don't have to remember them all.

    I'm sure you won't find the test difficult! 


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    1. 'I really to chatter now… I’m sorry, but I am in a hurry!'

    2. 'No need to , kids… It's way past your bedtime!'

    3. 'Oh dear! If we want to and be ready for the exam, we’ll have to study two chapters a day instead of one…'

    4. 'Stop telling lies… It’s the truth, now…'

    5. 'Hurry up, girls, you have very little to finish your work…'

    6. She tidied up the room and put the games back into their boxes . Everything was now in order.

    7. When she reached the site of the accident, she called the police .

    8. If I want to get to my exam , I’ll have to get up at 6 tomorrow morning.

    9. My car has broken down. , I’ll go to work by bike.

    10. 'I’ve finished this report, , and, believe me, I’m really relieved.'

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