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
tomorrowlast nightmorningrecently

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.)

  • 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)