You’ll learn some expressions, collocations and idioms with the word time.
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‘I don’t dare to speak’ – No me atrevo a hablar
I didn’t have that privilege
You need to practise with your family and fluency will come.
posdata (PD) – postscript (PS)
Have enough/lots of/some/a bit of/plenty of time
To have time on your hands / to have all the time in the world
Take your time, in your own time
To do/serve time (in prison)
To be pressed for time / short on time
To run out of time / to be out of time
To make time (to do something), To make good time (on a trip or journey)
Time’s up! – Stop! (time out)
To lose (track of) time, there’s no time to lose!
To pass the time, to kill time
To save time – a time saver
To waste time – a waste of time
It was before my time (I’m not old enough)
As time goes by
For the time being = temporarily
Time after time – Time and again
Ahead of time/schedule = early (NB. Don’t confuse with “ahead of your time”)
On time = punctual. e.g. The train arrived on time – it wasn’t late.
In time = not too late; early enough. e.g. We arrived at the party just in time before all the seats were taken – those who arrived later had to stand.
Spend time V Pass time
To spend (the) time – could be WITH/WITHOUT the; more ACTIVE meaning; CAN specify HOW MUCH time; any accompanying verb is _ing.
He spends a lot of free time reading novels./ She spends all morning getting ready for work./ They spent hours and hours cleaning the house./ We spent exactly 43 minutes in the pub./ You should spend the time wisely before this university course ends.
to pass the time – USUALLY ALWAYS WITH the; more PASSIVE meaning; to occupy unwanted/waiting time; any accompanying verb is _ing.
While waiting for John to get dressed, she passed the time watching TV./ We just passed the time inside the shop until the rain stopped./ Many old people who live alone pass the time looking at old family photos.
Idioms with time
Time flies! (when you’re having fun)
It’s high time, It’s about time
To have a whale of a time / a devil of a time/ the time of your life
In the nick of time
Time’s on your side
To two-time someone
To be behind the times
(To be) ahead of your time
A race against time
Only time will tell
Time and tide wait for no man
“Time, ladies and gentlemen!” – shouted by the bartender at closing time
We’re out of time!…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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