Adverbs of duration
understanding adverbs of duration
Adverbs of Duration tell us how long somebody does something or for how long something lasts. In other words, Duration Adverbs (as it's sometimes called) answer the question How long does the action expressed by the verb go on?
Examples of adverbs that commonly answers the question how long are shown below.
|Common Adverbs of Duration|
|a long time||briefly||forever||all day long|
|for a while = awhile||all night||for ages||temporarily|
|briefly||momentarily||permanently||for a minute|
Adverbs that are made up of several words, like all night, can be called adverbial phrases or adverbials.
An adverbial phrase that starts with a preposition, like for a while, can also be called a prepositional phraseOpens in new window.