Introduction to tenses: Time of action

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Time of action can be moment in time or period in / of time when an action takes place.

Time of action: words describing time for future actions

Tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, tonight, in two seconds / minutes / days, next +noun etc.

next + noun

Combinations:

Next time / Tuesday / weekend / week / month / year / century

in + noun

Combinations:

In a(n) second / minute / year / hour; in 2 years

Time of action: words describing time for past actions

yesterday, the day before yesterday, two seconds / minutes / days ago etc.

last + noun

Last Tuesday / weekend / week / month / year / century

noun + ago

a second / minute / year ago; an hour ago; 2 years ago

Time of action: words describing time for present actions

Today, now, at this moment, at the moment, this morning (if it’s still morning at the time of speaking), this year

this + noun

This Tuesday / weekend / week / month / year / century

Time for future and past actions

today, this month

At + time

At 1-12 o’clock, 1:45 etc.

On + weekday

On Sunday, Monday – Saturday

After / Before + noun , verb+ing

After lunch, before doing my lessons

Interestingly, some present tenses can express future actions. So, signal words describing actions in the future will also be in use here. I will give you just a quick example:

What time do you leave tomorrow? (scheduled time)

More on present simple future actions

Common signal words we use for future, present, and past tenses

today, this month / year / week

I will do it today

They did it today

I am doing it today

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