TIME EXPRESSIONS EXERCISE - intermediate level


Which time expressions below can be used with the sentences?

  • when I was born
  • never
  • In the 1970s
  • tonight
  • frequently
  • for ages
  • ages ago
  • the other day
  • in a fortnight's time
  • recently
  • during a snowstorm
  • for a year
  • since I was a child
  • later
  • sometimes
1. My parents met in Paris. 
2. They travel abroad. 
3. They were working in Canada.
4. I was born in Montreal.
5. My grandparents have lived in Ireland. 
6. I wrote to my grandmother. 
7. I'm going to work in the US.
8. My brother's flying to Argentina on business.
9. He's been learning Spanish.
10. I'll see you. 

SPEAKING: talk to a partner about yourself and your family using some of the time expressions.

ANSWER KEYS

1. My parents met in Paris in the 1970s/ages ago/during a snowstorm
2. They never/frequently/sometimes/ travel abroad
3. They were working in Canada when I was born/in the 1970s/for ages/recently/for a year.
4. I was born in Montreal in the 1970s/ages ago/during a snowstorm.
5. My grandparents have never/recently lived in Ireland. / My grandparents have lived in Ireland for ages/recently/for a year/since I was a child.
6. I never/frequently/recently/later/sometimes wrote to my grandmother.
I wrote to my grandmother in the 1970s/frequently/for ages/ages ago/the other day/recently/during a snowstorm/later.
7. I'm going to work in the US in fortnight's time/for a year/never/later.
8. My brother's frequently flying to Argentina on business. / My brother's flying to Argentina on business tonight/in a fortnight's time/later.
9. He's recently been learning Spanish. / He's been learning Spanish for ages/recently/for a year/since I was a child.
10. I'll see you tonight/in a fortnight's time/later/frequently/sometimes/never

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