Idiomatic Expressions Of Time, Use of Since, Before and Ago in a Sentences


The idiomatic expresions of time, use of since, before and ago in sentences, the idioms about time and meanings.

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Expressions without preposition;

  • * He has ten pounds a month.: He earns ten pound in a month
  • * He means to go home next week / next Saturday week.
  • * An hour after you left the rain came on.
  • * It rained all night.
  • * His brother was married yesterday morning.
  • * Aeneas left Troy the very night it was taken.
  • * She lived with them two years.
  • * I was sent for the other morning, i.e. one morning.

Expressions with prepositions;

  • * The heat was intense at two o’clock.
  • * He went off on Friday. (Cuma günü gitti.)
  • * I expect an answer to my application by the end of June.
  • * We were in church a little before the clock struck eight.
  • * We shall arrive in less than half an hour.

Expressions with SINCE, BEFORE, AGO

  • * He has been ill since Tuesday.
  • * He went to Calcutta two months ago.
  • * The prince’s health is no worse than before.Sometimes - Sentence for Sometimes - Use Sometimes in a Sentence

Various Expressions;

  • A little time ago / a little while ago:
  • A long time ago / a long while ago:
  • Long, long ago: (= a very long time past).
  • In course of time: (= in process of time, as time wears on).
  • In an instant / in a moment / in a second: (= in a very brief space of time).
  • In an instant:(— at once, without a moment’s delay).
  • On the spur of the moment: (= at once, without a moment’s reflection, impulsively).
  • In the nick of time: (= just before it would have been too late).
    * A ship picked him up in the nick of time.
  • To be in time / to be in good time:(= to be early enough).
    * The farmer tries to get in his crops in good time.
    * He came in time to see the fireworks.
    * The cheat is in time found out, i.e. eventually found out.
  • In times gone by: (=in times indefinitely past, a long time ago).
    * He applied for a job time after time.
    * I have met him in the street many a time.
  • At times:(= sometimes).
  • At all times:(= always).
  • At stated times:(= at regular intervals, at fixed periods).
    * Complaints have been made against this man from time to time.
  • By and by: (= after a little while).
  • Ever and anon:(= time after time, repeatedly, though infrequently).
    * Ever and anon the tolling of a bell was heard.
  • Every now and then:(= occasionally)
    * He gets into difficulties every now and then.
  • The dead of night: (= midnight).
  • At the eleventh hour:(=at the latest available time).
    * The arrangements are on the eve of completion.
  • To spend time / to pass the time:
    * This man has spent three hours in consulting a timetable.
    * She has gone to pass the morning with her friend.
  • A man loses time:
  • To waste time: (=to spend time uselessly).
  • To kill time:
  • Spare time: (=time to spare, leisure).
    * He has plenty of time on his hands, i.e. he has plenty of leisure.
    * I had time enough to do my work in, i.e. I had enough time to do it.
    * Time hangs heavy on his hands, i.e. he finds it difficult to use his time.
  • For about a year: in about a year:
    * He has been in Ceylon for about two years. / He has been in Ceylon two years or so.
  • Some ten days after the ceremony:
  • To beat time:
    * The feet of the dancers beat time / keep time to the music.
  • to Sing in time:
    * He is working against time.
    * This newspaper is out of date.
  • Time out of mind / time immemorial:
    * He tries to make the best of his time. / He tries to make the most of his time.
    * He will be here in no time.
  • To have an easy time of it: (= to live in quiet and comfort, to lead a life of ease and to be without worry or hard work)
    * So long as Mr. Brown was the manager the clerks had an easy time of it, but there was a change when his successor came in.
  • To take one’s time: (= not to be in a hurry).
  • To bide one’s time: (= to wait patiently for a favourable opportunity).
    * The deer are coming and the tiger is in the thicket biding his time.
  • To serve one’s time:
    * My time is up and I must go.
    * Take your time, i.e. don’t be in a hurry: acele etmeyin.
    * It is time we were there, i.e. we ought to have been there by this time.
  • To take time by the forelock:
    * Time is painted with a lock before and bald behind, signifying thereby that we must take time by the forelock; for when it is once past there is no recalling it.
  • His time is come.: He is about to die
  • To number one’s days:(= to have regard to the shortness of human life; to consider one’s latter end).
    * Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’ (Psalm xc. 12)
    * His days are numbered, i.e. he is soon to die / his end is near.

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