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Unit 33. Adverbials of time
(наречия образа действия)

Main points

1. You use adverbials of time to say when something happens. You often use noun groups called time expressions as adverbials of time.

last year
next Saturday
next week
the day after tomorrow
last night
the other day

Note that you do not use the prepositions ‘at’, ‘in’, or ‘on’ with time expressions.

One of my children wrote to me today..

So, you're coming back next week?

You often use time expressions with verbs in the present tense to talk about the future.

The plane leaves tomorrow morning.

They're coming next week.

2. You can use prepositional phrases as adverbials of time:

3. You use ‘for’ with verbs in any tense to say how long something continues to happen.

He is in Italy for a month..

I remained silent for a long time.

I will be in London for three months.

WARNING: You do not use ‘during’ to say how long something continues to happen. You cannot say ‘I went there during three weeks’.

4. You use ‘since’ with a verb in the present perfect or past perfect tense to say when something started to happen.

Marilyn has lived in Paris since 1984..

I had eaten nothing since breakfast..

5. You can use many other prepositional phrases as adverbials of time. You use: