What is an Adverb of Time? - Definition & Examples

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  • 0:05 What Is an Adverb of Time?
  • 1:11 When, How Long, How Often?
  • 2:22 Examples
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Instructor: Lindsy Frazer

Dr. Frazer has taught several college level Science courses and has a master's degree in Human Biology and a PhD in Library and Information Science.

How often do you watch TV? What are you planning to do tomorrow? To answer these questions you need adverbs of time. Learn what adverbs of time are and see examples in this lesson.

What Is an Adverb of Time?

Imagine your friend Sandy announces, 'I am having a big party.' After you put on your party hat and practice your best dance moves, you might have some questions. When is the party? How long will it last? These very important questions can be answered with a special type of word called an adverb of time. Adverbs of time tell you when, for how long, or how often an action happens.

Like you might have guessed by their name, adverbs of time are a special type of adverb. An adverb is a word that describes a verb, or action word. So you could say that adverbs add a description to a verb. Adverbs of time add a time, length or frequency to a verb.

So if Sandy announces, 'I am having a big party all day tomorrow,' you'd better bring your dancing shoes because you're going to dance and play party games for a long time. The adverbs of time 'tomorrow' and 'all day' tell us when Sandy is hosting the party and how long the dancing and playing will last.

When, How Long, How Often?

Imagine you are a detective sent to investigate the destruction of the homes of three little pigs. You can use adverbs of times like clues to figure out when, how long, or how frequently something happens.

Some adverbs of time answer the question 'When?'

The big, bad wolf went to the little pig's straw house yesterday. Later that night, the house was blown to the ground.

'Yesterday' is an adverb of time that lets you know when the wolf went to visit the little pig. 'Later that night' is another adverb of time that answers when the crime was committed. I bet that wolf was up to no good! Could he be your suspect?

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