Adverbials of time

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It's a power point I've prepared for my students of ESO to revise the use of prepositions of time.

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Adverbials of time

  1. 1. ADVERBIALS OF TIME at, in, on, for, since
  2. 2. AT <ul><li>We use at with </li></ul><ul><li>clock times </li></ul><ul><li>religious festivals </li></ul><ul><li>meal times </li></ul><ul><li>specific periods </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>at two o’clock </li></ul><ul><li>at Easter </li></ul><ul><li>at breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>at midday </li></ul><ul><li>at the weekend </li></ul><ul><li>at the moment </li></ul>
  4. 4. IN <ul><li>We use in with </li></ul><ul><li>seasons </li></ul><ul><li>years and centuries </li></ul><ul><li>months </li></ul><ul><li>parts of the day </li></ul><ul><li>in the night (the night before) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>in winter </li></ul><ul><li>in April </li></ul><ul><li>in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>in the evening </li></ul><ul><li>in (the) spring </li></ul><ul><li>in the eighteenth century </li></ul>
  6. 6. ON <ul><li>We use on with </li></ul><ul><li>days </li></ul><ul><li>a day + a part of the day </li></ul><ul><li>special days </li></ul><ul><li>dates </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>on Monday morning </li></ul><ul><li>on my birthday </li></ul><ul><li>on the ninth of April </li></ul>
  8. 8. FOR <ul><li>to say how long something continues </li></ul><ul><li>to happen. </li></ul><ul><li> “ He is in Spain for a week.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We will be in Hastings for a month.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. SINCE <ul><li>it’s used with a verb in the present or past perfect tense to say when something started to happen. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have studied English since I was ten years old.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ He’s wanted to learn the clarinet since last year .” </li></ul><ul><li>“ My cousin has worked here since he left </li></ul><ul><li>college .” </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>We do not use a preposition with expressions of time like </li></ul><ul><li>every year </li></ul><ul><li>last night </li></ul><ul><li>next month </li></ul><ul><li>this week </li></ul><ul><li>today </li></ul><ul><li>tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>yesterday </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>He’s going to start an english course next summer . </li></ul><ul><li>I was tired yesterday . </li></ul><ul><li>Some friends came to dinner last Sunday . </li></ul><ul><li>I got at six o’clock yesterday morning . </li></ul><ul><li>I saw them the day before yesterday . </li></ul><ul><li>I’m on holiday this week . </li></ul>
  12. 12. Complete the sentences with a suitable adverbial of time. <ul><li>It’s my birthday _______Wednesday. </li></ul><ul><li>The staff meeting is ______ half past three _____ the afternoon next Thursday. </li></ul><ul><li>The film is at ________ six o’clock _____ Sunday evening. </li></ul><ul><li>England and Scotland have been united _______ 1707. </li></ul><ul><li>Susan usually goes home _____ the weekend. </li></ul><ul><li>We lived in Dublin ______ three years. </li></ul><ul><li>Yesterday I went to bed ____ midnight. </li></ul><ul><li>In Spain it’s traditional to play jokes on people _____ the twenty eighth of December. </li></ul><ul><li>I was given this watch _______ my birthday. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll see you ________ lunchtime. </li></ul><ul><li>I work best _______ night. </li></ul><ul><li>There’s always a great film ______ Christmas Day. </li></ul><ul><li>Marco Polo went to China ______ the thirteenth century. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s very nice here in _______ spring. </li></ul><ul><li>Where will you be _____ New Year’s Eve? </li></ul>

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