Adverbs of time such as today, yesterday, early, already are used to describe time of performed action in sentence. Adverb of time is the most important type of adverbs. Through this blog, “Explaining adverbs of time”, I’m going to explain the correct use of time’s adverbs in sentence.
Importance and examples of adverbs of time
“Adverbs of time” is used to describe or express a specific time in which action is happened. Simply, time’s adverbs indicate time of action in the sentence
Examples of adverbs of time
- Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday,
- Now, Late, Later, Soon, Early
- Yet, Still, Already
- Ago, Daily, For, Since, etc.
Position of adverbs of time
- At the beginning
- In the middle
- In the end
Usually, in case of more than one adverbs, adverbs of time are placed at the end of the sentence.
However, these adverbs can be placed even at the beginning but not always.
- We haven’t seen that tiger again
- You are too late now
- He has planned to watch live telecast of World Cup final tomorrow.
In these examples, comma isn’t necessary.
Comma is essential whenever the adverbs of time is used at the beginning, to separate rest of the sentence.
- Today, she will finish her job.
- Tomorrow, I will be ready.
Here, comma is placed to separate adverbs of time from rest of the sentence.
Some exceptions for position
Sometimes, there are some adverbs of time which are neither placed at the beginning nor at the end but in the middle of the sentence.
Examples of adverbs in the middle
- Later, Yet, Still
- For, Since, etc.
- We will discuss it later — at the end.
- Later, I will explain you in detail — at the beginning.
- Teacher later instructed to the students — in the middle.
“Yet” adverb of time is used in the perfect present tense for negative expression.
- G-8 members haven’t reached at the final conclusion yet – at the end.
- We have yet to receive the order- in the middle.
Apart from this, “still” is used for things in continuation or continuously happening.
Whereas, “since” and for are used to express duration of time.
- I am still practicing my handwriting.
- Here, the process is still continue.
“Still” is also used to express contrasts between two incidents in the form of adversative conjunction.
- They have been waiting for two hours.
“For” describes the duration of action.
- He has been learning since last month.
“Since” indicates the point of time of action.
This is all about the explaining the adverbs of time with examples.