Adverbs of Time

understanding adverbs of time

Adverbs of Time tell us when an action happened. They answer the question When or how often did the action occur?

    For Example:
  • 1)  Chang lives in Peiping now.
  • 2)  She will visit tomorrow.
  • 3)  They responded immediately.
  • 4)  It is my lifestyle. I do this daily.

Some adverbs commonly used to express time are shown below.

Common Adverbs of Time
yesterdayearliercurrentlynow
tomorrowlast nightmorningrecently
todaysubsequentlyagonext
nowthenlatertonight
dailyalwaysfrequentlysoon

The use of these adverbs might affect the verb tenses in a particular clause. Therefore, be careful with the verb tenses whenever you are using adverbs of time.

Based on the tense they express, Adverbs of Time are classed into three categories:

CategoryAdverbs of Time
Presentpresent, currently, nowadays, now
Pastyesterday, recently, ago, last year
Futuretomorrow, next month
Examples in Sentences
  • She currently works as a newscaster. → present tense
  • She went to school yesterday. → past tense
  • I will finish doing my work tomorrow. → future tense

Adverbs of Time can be placed at the initial, middle or final position (before the main verb, after the auxiliary verb, between an auxiliary verb and a main verb, or at the end of a clause.)

Examples
  • She presently cooks for the family. → (before the main verb cooks)
  • My father is currently working with the press. → (after the auxiliary verb is/between auxiliary verb is and main verb working)
  • I was at the party yesterday. → (end of clause)