Adverbs of Time for intermediate learners

'Adverbs of time' give you some information about the time something happened. Using them will help us add details about time to our sentences.

"Adverbs of Time" in the English Grammar

What Are Adverbs of Time?

Adverbs of time are used to indicate when something happens, happened, or will happen, as well as for how long. They provide information about the timing of an action or event in a sentence.

Different Tenses

Adverbs of time can be used with three different tenses in time, which are:

  • Past
  • Present
  • Future

Here are some examples:

I'm calling him now. → present

They were here yesterday. → past

They will be here tomorrow. → future

Adverbs of Past Tense

There are some adverbs of time that can just refer to a past time, such as 'yesterday', 'last year', 'before'. Here are some examples:

I saw him last year.

He called me before the accident.

Adverbs of Present Tense

Some adverbs are only used to talk about the present tense. Here are the most common ones: 'today', 'now'. Check out the examples:

Today is my birthday.

Come here, now!

Adverbs of Future Tense

Some adverbs are usually used to talk about something in the future, for example, 'tomorrow', 'soon', 'next week', 'later.'

I will be graduated next week.

I will call you later.

Adverbs of Time: Placement

Adverbs of time are usually used at the end of the sentence. Sometimes they can be used at the beginning of the sentence as well. Here are the examples:

I called Sam yesterday.

Yesterday, I called Sam.


Adverbs of time are usually used to show a point in time or the length of time. Adverbs of time show the following tenses:

  • Past
  • Present
  • Future


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