Time Expressions in English | How To Talk About Time

Time expressions are a part of the English language that help us communicate about time. It is used in a variety of contexts, such as in conversations to indicate the duration of an event, in schedules for planning purposes, and in mathematical equations for calculating elapsed time.

In this article, we will be discussing time expressions in English. We will be looking at how they are formed and what are their meanings? Let’s learn the list of time expressions with English Tivi here now!

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Times of Day in English

Times of the day

Images

Time

Greeting

Early morning

2:00 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.

Good morning

Dawn

Times of the dayaround sunrise

Good morning

Morning

6:00 a.m to 8:59 a.m

Good morning

Late morning

9:00 a.m to 11:59 a.mGood morning
Noon/ midday12:00 p.m.

Good afternoon

Afternoon

12:01 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Good afternoon
Late afternoon4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Good afternoon

Early evening

5:01 pm to 7:00 pm.Good evening
Duskaround sunset

Good evening

Evening

5:01 pm to 9:00 pm.Good evening
Late evening9:01 p.m. to 10:59 p.m.

Good evening

Night

11:00 pm till sunriseGood evening for the night
Midnight12:00 a.m.

Middle of the night1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

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Days of the Week in English

Days of the Week

Day of the WeekDay of the Week ImagesAbbreviation
Weekdays (5 days)MondayDays of the Week

Mon.

Tuesday

Tue.
Wednesday

Wed.

Thursday

Thu.
Friday

Fri.

Weekend (2 days)

Saturday

Fri.
Sunday

Sun.

Month of the Year | 12 Month Name in English

Sr no.

Month NameMonth ImagesShort-formNo.of days
1JanuaryMonth of the YearJan.

31

2

FebruaryFeb.28/29
3MarchMar.

31

4

AprilApr.30
5MayMay

31

6

JuneJun.30
7JulyJul.

31

8

AugustAug.31
9SeptemberSep.

30

10

OctoberOct.31
11NovemberNov.

30

12

DecemberDec.

31

4 Seasons of the Year

4 Seasons of the YearSeasons ImagesTime and DateWeather
SpringSeasons of the Year March 1 to May 31

Warm

Summer

June 1 to August 31

Hot

Autumn (Fall)

September 1 to November 30

Cool

Winter

December 1 to February 28 (February 29 in a leap year)

Cold

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Time Expressions to Use With the Present Simple

Name Time Expressions

Example

Usually, Always, Often, occasionally, rarely, Never, etc.They sometimes play golf with together.

She never smokes.

Every day/ week/ year, etc.She travels to Viet Nam every year.

He tries to exercise every day

Once/ Twice/ Three time, etc.I brush my teeth twice a week.

I wash my hand once a day

Time Expressions to Use With the Present Continuous

Name Time Expressions

Example

Now, At the moment, Today, These days, This week/ year, etc.We are learning English now.

She's not waiting here at the moment

This week/ month/ year, etc.He is taking three courses this year.

They are playing football this month.

Time Expressions Often Used in the Past

Name Time Expressions

Example

YesterdayThey go to school yesterday.
AgoI went to New York ago.
Last night/ week/ month/ year, etc.Last week I went to the movies

Time Expressions Used in the Future

Name Time Expressions

Example

TomorrowHe'll finish the job by tomorrow.
Next week/ month/ year, etc.The kids are going to school next week.
In the futureI advise her to take more care of herself in the future.

Using Time Expressions with Preposition AT

Preposition

Time

Example

Specific time

at 12:30Linda usually eats lunch at 12:30.
at midnightShe alway asleep at midnight

Expressions

at nightThey often go out at night to buy some drinks.
at ChristmasHe visits our family and friends at Christmas.
at the momentHe’s busy at the moment.
at lunchtimeWe’ll talk about it at lunchtime.
at sunsetI love walking by the beach at sunset.

Using Time Expressions with Preposition ON

Preposition

Time

Example

ON with dates and days

on July 3thMy birthday is on July 3th.
on MondayThe concert is on Monday.
on Christmas dayThey have a special meal on Christmas day.

One day + time of day

on Monday morningThey have a class on Monday morning.
on Tuesday afternoonWhere did you go on Tuesday afternoon?
on Friday eveningWe last spoke on Friday evening.

Using Time Expressions with Preposition IN

Preposition

Time

Example

IN with monthsin JulyThey will go to Ha Noi in July.
IN with yearsin 2005They moved to London in 2005.
IN with seasonsin summer / in the summerThe Olympics were held in Vancouver in the summer.
IN the morning/ afternoon/ eveningI drink coffee in the morning.

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Adverbs Time in English

Adverbs Time

Example

To talk about the past

yesterdayJohn went to the cinema yesterday.
the day beforeHe had to work the day before.
agoThey arrived in Vietnam six weeks ago
last week/month/yearLast week she moved out.
To talk about the presentstillHe advised her to go abroad while he was still young.
yetI haven't seen that movie yet.
whileI don't want you to drive while you're so tired.
whenHe had climbed many a tree when he was a boy.

To talk about the future

soonI will go to Ha Noi soon.
thenFirst I went to the hospital, and then I go to supermarket.
next week/month/yearHe will take over Class 9801 next week.
in 2 daysI will leave for London in two days.
tomorrowI have class tomorrow.
the day after tomorrowThey're going to roast her the day after tomorrow.

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