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:
  • Chang lives in Peiping now.
  • She will visit tomorrow.
  • They responded immediately.
  • It is my lifestyle. I do this daily.

Some adverbs commonly used to express time are shown below.

Common Adverbs of Time
tomorrowlast nightmorningrecently

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

Based on the tense they express, adverbs of time are classed into three categories:

CategoryAdverbs of Time
Present Opens in new windowpresent, currently, nowadays, now
Past Opens in new windowyesterday, recently, ago, last year
Future Opens in new windowtomorrow, 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:

Examples include:
  • 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)