Again After the economic downturn shareholders will never trust the banks again.
Ago The first major slump occurred more than 80 years ago.
After After making his announcement the chairman left the room.

After he made ….   After his announcement…

Afterwards The head of the company met all the applicants, and afterwards appointed one of them.
Already The police had already warned the population. / had warned the population already.
Always Women have always had lower wages than men.
Around All the members were to meet at around 9.
Before Before such a decision is made, all other possibilities should be examined.

Before he gets charged he must be given a lawyer.

Before the crisis mortgage price had reach a peak.

Beforehand

By

The users should have been told beforehand that the library would be closed.

By December, everyone should know who the next Prime Minister will be.

During During our stay in New York, we visited the MOMA.
Early / Late He was much admired during the early years of his political career.

In the late nineteenth century social evolutionism gained momentum.

Ever That’s the most controversial book ever publish on the topic.

Have you ever read John Stuart Mill’s works ?

So far (thus far) So far no country has found the means to reach full employment.
First When the price of oil first rocketed up, people panicked.
For For several decades the economic situation had remained fairly stable.
Formerly Sen. McCain, formerly a officer, has often been portrayed as a maverick.
From…until

From now on

From May until June no one will be allowed inside the cells.

From now on all negotiations will be stalled unless a new compromise is found.

Hardly

Hardly ever

Hardly had the riots begun when a demonstrator was killed.

Nobody hardly ever visits this ruined castle.

Hitherto Hitherto aids victims have no guarantee that they can be cured.
Just The director will be here just now.
Lately (recently) Has any book been published on Obama’s education reform lately?
Meanwhile /

In the mean time

All the journalists had been summoned; meanwhile the speakers were getting ready.
Never The country never recovered from this terrorist attack.
Next

No sooner…than

What would he do next ?

No sooner had the bill been voted than new measures were implemented.

Now He would rant and rage now and again.
Nowadays

Now and then (now and again)

It’s getting harder for postgraduates to get a job in their field nowadays.

He would talk to the press now and again and even give press conferences.

Often

Of late

How often do people read a paper on average ? Twice a week.

The situation for blue-collar worker has been very tough of late.

I haven’t spoken to him of late, I don’t know what his intentions are.

On

Once

On arriving in Brussels the president was pressured by the press.

Once he was elected the president implemented his policy.

Once upon a time in a castle nestled in greenery…

Over

Seldom / rarely

Since / ever since

Over the last ten years retail prices have soared up.

People seldom admit having voted for the BNP.

Since election day, the president’s approving rates have decreased dramatically.

Ever since he moved to the White House, many things have changed utterly.

Sometimes The director would sometimes burst into my office and complain about his timetable. (occasionally, at times, now and then)
Soon A gentleman’s agreement was soon found between the policy-makers and the undaunted reporters.
Then

Thenceforth (fml)

Thereafter (fml)

He was an unknown young lawyer then.

The property was bought by the Hardfords and came to be known as Hardford Manor thenceforth.

He became chairman of a Human Rights Association and became shadow minister for Charities thereafter.

Thereupon / whereupon He tried to reassure the citizens, thereupon he announced a new pack of measures.
Through All through the nineteenth century riots and social unrest hit the industrial cities of Northern England.
Throughout Throughout the eighties new middle-class cities mushroomed in the outskirts of the city.
Till / Until Till then no one had dared usher a single word.
When / whenever Whenever a bomb fell onto the village, the whole population gathered in shelters.
While While the students and teachers were in the streets, the Minister for Education was trying to enforce his highly unpopular reform.
Within The prime suspect had been arrested within hours after the murder.
Yet They couldn’t tell us yet when the station would reopen.

TIME ADVERBS: exercises

  1. Insert the corresponding adverb in the sentences below :
  2. It rained ________________ three days without stopping.
  3. I fell asleep ________________ the film.
  4. Martin lived in Brazil ________________ three years.
  5. I need a change, I’ll go away ________________ a few days.
  6. We met a lot of people ________________ we were on holidays.
  7. We hadn’t had anything to eat ________________ eight hours.
  8. Please don’t interrupt me ________________ I’m speaking.
  9. Can you lay the table ________________ I’m preparing dinner ?
  10. I waited for you ________________ half an hour.
  11. Fred has gone away. He’ll be away ________________ Monday.
  12. Sorry I must go. I have to be at home ________________ 5 o’clock.
  13. I think I’ll wait ________________ Tuesday before I make a decision.
  14. The shops are open ________________ 5.30.
  15. I’ll see you ________________ Friday.
  16. They often go out ________________ the evening.
  17. Mozart was born in Salzburg ________________ 1756.
  18. I’m busy just now but I’ll be with you ________________ a moment.
  19. I don’t like travelling ________________ night.
  20. We arrived in London ________________ 5 o’clock ________________ the morning.
  21. We gave up ________________ the end and walked home.
  22. We want to start the meeting ________________ so don’t be late.
  23. Have you ________________ been to Mexico, it’s an amazing country ?
  24. He ________________ forgets people’s names !
  25. I have ________________ heard of such a terrible story.
  26. I have nothing to do this afternoon, you can come ________________ you want.
  27. Susan was reading the newspaper; ________________ her children were playing in the garden.
  28. Do you ________________ go to the cinema ?
  29. ________________ did it take you to repaint this room ?
  30. It’s ten o’clock and the kids haven’t got up ________________ !
  31. He ________________ works in the same firm but his boss has resigned.
  32. Is it ________________ raining ? No I has stopped, we can go out.
  33. ________________ people feel more and more insecure.
  34. I needn’t tell them about the party, they had ________________ been invited.
  35. Ann ________________ participates in the race, she was hurt in an accident.
  36. ________________ I was coming out of my office I saw an elephant in the street !
  37. ________________ as you get there give me a ring and I’ll drive you to the meeting.
  38. When the headmaster came in, the students stood up ________________ .
  39. A bomb exploded in the city centre; fortunately the firemen arrived ________________ .
  40. ________________ hearing the news I felt very sad for them.
  41. ________________ they had finished their job they had a rest in the park.
  42. ________________ telling them they were stupid he tried to apologize.
  43. I ________________ go swimming; I’m afraid of water.
  44. Trips to the moon will ________________ be possible.
  45. They managed to rebuild the city ________________ a month, which is extraordinary.
  46. ________________ have they been working for this firm ? 25 years.
  47. They have been rehearsing ________________ 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
  48. The actors arrived a few minutes ________________, they are not ready to perform.
  49. ________________ do you go to the cinema ? Usually twice a week.
  50. The research started ten days ________________ but without any result.
  51. They decided that ________________ they would work harder.

2. Fill in the blanks with the suitable time adverb. Do not use WHEN nor IN

1 The standing stones of Stonehenge were erected a long time ……………..

2 The portraitist sketched the features of the queen ……………….she was posing.

3 ………..the president went out of his office, he was shot dead.

4 …………………becoming queen, Elisabeth I had spent much time playing the lute.

5 ……… Henry VIII broke away with Rome, Protestantism had ………… spread in England.

6 This still life is the most beautiful painting I  have …………………seen.

7 After months as envoy to Flanders, the king’s advisor had not completed his mission………

8 English people are …………….in favour of the monarchy.

9 The wedding was celebrated in Kew Garden and ……………….a ball was given.

10 ……………..the Elizabethan era, the arts thrived.

11 It’s only a century ………….. Queen Victoria died.

12 …………….the nineteenth century living standards increased dramatically.

13 In the …………eighteenth century, in around 1786, several gothic romances were written.

14 A new director was appointed at the head of the R.A. but ………………there had been rivalries between the various candidates.

15 People ………………believed that women were inferior to men. Hopefully, ………………. it is no longer the case : the gender gap is slowly being bridged.

16 Most painters …………..go to the National Gallery to get inspiration.

17 ……………….the medieval period, kings ………………..toured the country so nobody really knew what they looked like.

18 …………..many centuries, the monarchs would have foreign artists come to their courts.

19 …………..1768 most painters have studied at the Royal Academy which was …………directed by Sir Joshua Reynolds in the beginning.

20……………had the prime minister resigned ………..members of parliament left their seats.

21……………. the 17th …………. the mid-18th century, classical architecture was all the rage.  ……………the baroque style became fashionable.

22 Long ………… he became a famous composer, Henry Purcell was a chorister in the Royal Chapel.  ………………….., he composed odes and chamber music for the king.

23 England has ……………..been an art-loving country. It will probably …………change.

24 ……………. would the king accept to be thwarted.

25 …………. 1534 …………..Catholics have been persecuted in England.

26 ……………..nobody has dared questioning the relevance of the monarchy in England.

27 ……………..the VIIth century, several barbaric tribes pillaged England.

28 It’s quite a long time ……………….the works of William Hogarth have been shown.

29 Archaeologists are ………………uncertain as to how megaliths were erected at Avebury.

30 The rerouting of the motorway damaging Stonehenge should be completed ………….2008. The works will start very ……………

31 In the ……………..years of the Christian era, the Romans colonized England.

32 The sitters were not allowed to move ………….the portrait was completed.

33 ……………the last decade, there has been an increase in gun violence.

34 Many protestants were persecuted ………….the reign of Bloody Mary.

35 …………………she ascended the throne, Elizabeth tried to control religious strives.

36 It is only …………….that prehistoric cave painting were discovered at Creswell Crags.

37 Poor people would …………….go to the museum because it was too expensive.

38 As there was no bank holiday, workers would …………….go to the seaside.

39 Most painters remain unknown ………….years and get famous only ……………in life.

40 …………….. the Natural Sciences Museum opened, it has welcomed throngs of visitors.