Adverbs of Time: Later, Yet, Still, For, Since
In today’s lesson, we are going to look at five adverbs of time: later, yet, still, for and since. So, stay tuned and pay attention! 🙂
Adverbs of time later is usually placed at the end or beginning of a sentence.
- I will call you later.
- Later, we went to the zoo.
It can also be placed after the main verb and usually has a function of comparative.
- Our mail arrived later than usual.
YET is primarily used in negative and interrogative sentences. It is normally placed at the end of a sentence.
- I haven’t had my breakfast yet.
- Daren hasn’t gone to the dentist yet.
- Have you finished your homework yet?
- Have they decided about the wedding date yet?
YET can also be used in positive sentences to talk about a future possibility.
- We might yet be able make a deal with them.
- Things could yet improve in the company.
The adverb STILL is used to describe something that is happening continuously.
- Tom is still thinking about moving to Corsica.
- They are still not sure whether to continue with the project.
It can also be used with the modal verbs may, might, can, and could to describe something that was a possibility in the past, and which could possibly happen in the future.
- We can still catch the 5.15 train.
- I could still make it up to you.
FOR & SINCE
We use FOR & SINCE when we talk about how long something happens.
We use FOR with a time phrase that specifies a length of time.
- I have been waiting for two hours.
- Lorna has been studying English for five years.
- We have lived here for 20 years.
We use SINCE with a specific point in time.
- I haven’t eaten anything since 8 o’clock.
- Bill has put on weight since he started working in that bakery.
- They have been married since 2012.
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