What is English in the future?

Learn basic English: Phrases indicating time in English

Specifying the day – Date

the day before yesterday the day before yesterday
yesterday yesterday
today today
tomorrow tomorrow
the day after tomorrow the day after tomorrow

Specifying the time of day

last night last evening
tonight tonight
tomorrow night tomorrow night
in the morning in the morning
in the afternoon in the afternoon
in the evening in the evening
yesterday morning yesterday morning
yesterday afternoon yesterday afternoon
yesterday evening last evening
this morning this morning
this afternoon this afternoon
this evening tonight
tomorrow morning tomorrow morning
tomorrow afternoon tomorrow afternoon
tomorrow evening tomorrow night

Specifying the week, month, or year – Week, month, year

last week last week
last month last month
last year last year
this week this week
this month Learn English this month
this year this year
next week next week
next month next month
next year next year

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Other time expressions – Other time expressions

five minutes ago five minutes ago
an hour ago one hour ago
a week ago one week ago
two weeks ago two weeks ago
a month ago one month ago
a year ago A year ago
a long time ago it’s along time
in ten minutes” time or in ten minutes ten more minutes
in an hour”s time or in an hour one more time
in a week”s time or in a week one more week
in ten days” time or in ten days ten more days
in three weeks” time or in three weeks three more weeks
in two months” time or in two months two months
in ten years” time or in ten years ten years from now
the previous day days earlier
the previous week last week
the previous month previous month
the previous year the year before the year before that
the following day the next day
the following week next week
the following month next month
the following year next year

Duration – Duration

When talking about time in English, we often use the word for in front, for example:

I lived in Canada for six months I lived in Canada for six months
I’ve worked here for nine years I’ve been working here for nine years
I”m going to France tomorrow for two weeks Tomorrow I will go to France for two weeks
we were swimming for a long time we swam for a long time

Frequency – Frequency

never never
rare seldom
occasionally sometimes
sometimes sometimes
often or often regularly
usually or normally regularly
always always
every day or daily daily
every week or weekly weekly
every month or monthly Monthly
every year or yearly annual

There are many ways to talk about the sequence of events in the past. Here are a few popular ways.

– After (in the middle or at the beginning of a sentence – in the middle of a sentence or at the beginning of a sentence) – Then / After that / After a while (at the beginning of a sentence – at the beginning of a sentence) – Then / Before (in the middle or at the beginning of a sentence – Before that / Previously / Until then (At the beginning of a sentence)- By the time (in the middle of a sentence followed by a past perfect tense – in the middle of a sentence , the verb in the following clause “by the time” is conjugated in the past perfect)- By then / by that time (at the beginning of a sentence)A couple of clusters to showcase an upcoming event in the series.

Later on Before long At that moment / Suddenly meanwhile / At the same time Simultaneously (this is a more formal way of saying meanwhile / at the same time)

For example:

I worked and then went shopping. Later on I met some friends for pizza. I work and then go shopping. Then I went with some friends to eat pizza.

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At that moment / Suddenly, I heard the door slam. Then/ Suddenly I heard the door slam shut. Meanwhile / At the same time / Simultaneously my phone started to ring. At that moment, my phone started ringing.


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