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Time adverbs are words that answer the question “when”.
A few of some of the more common time adverbs include: yesterday today tomorrow early late now soon recently next week next
Let's take a look at where time adverbs can occur in a sentence. 1. Very often, time adverbs occur either at the beginning or at the end of a statement.
Look at the following examples: Using the adverb "lately"
Lately, I haven’t been sleeping well.
I haven’t been sleeping well lately.
Using the adverb "tomorrow"
Tomorrow I’m going on vacation.
I’m going on vacation tomorrow.
Using the adverb "yesterday"
Yesterday I got a flat tire.
I got a flat tire yesterday.
Using the adverb "next week"
Next week, my friend will visit us.
My friend will visit us next week.
Using the adverb "today"
Today we are having a party.
We are having a party today.
Using the adverb "soon"
Soon my friend will be here.
My friend will be here soon.
2. Time adverbs can occur after the subject in a sentence. Look at the following examples:
We recently received an award.
I rarely take vacations.
John often takes his daughter to work with me.
3. Sometimes time adverbs occur after the verb in a sentence. Using the adverb "late"
I arrived late at the party.
I am always late for everything!
Using the adverb "early"
I go to work early every morning.
Using the adverb "tomorrow morning"
Our meeting will be held tomorrow morning in the conference room.
It's time to practice! Complete the following activities using time adverbs.
Activity 1: Create a sentence using time adverbs. To check your accuracy, feel free to send me your written responses via email. 1. this morning 2. last Monday 3. tomorrow afternoon 4. last week 5. recently 6. lately 7. early 8. late 9. often 10. every day
Activity 2: Read the following sentences and decide if the adverb is positioned correctly. If it is, do nothing; if it isn’t, correct it. To check your accuracy, feel free to send me your written responses via email. 1. I will tomorrow go to work. 2. John thinks he left his keys at work yesterday. 3. We went recently to a play. 4. Mary every day talks on the phone. 5. In my line of work, it is common to all the time have meetings. 6. Because of the car accident, all traffic was directed yesterday toward the airport. 7. I will tomorrow afternoon have a chance to call you. 8. Recently, I bought a new car. 9. That doesn’t happen very often. 10. I will next do that.