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Questions tagged [time]

Topics related to time in written or spoken English

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What should I use instead of time and care must be taken to ensure that this book and all other company documents?

This serves as a reminder to all staff that time and care must be taken to ensure that this book and all other company documents are correctly populated
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How to say my meetings have caused cascading delay

What is another way to say to co-workers that my previous meeting took longer than expected (and hence I am late for the current meeting). and what is the business and also day to day common phrase(...
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“Until the day I die” — Grammatical or not?

There is a song called "Until the Day I Die" and this phrase always bothers me. Strictly speaking, which of the following is grammatical? I'll keep battling until the day I die. I'll keep ...
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Unambiguous word for last in chronological order

Here's the scenario, I want to list all of a customer's appointments, ending with the "last" one, regardless of whether that was in the past or scheduled for the future. I have come up with a few ...
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I want to see you as soon and for as long as possible

I want to see you as soon and for as long as possible Is this sentence correct, or should I write: I want to see you as soon as possible for as long as possible.
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time expressions

Is it correct to use 'hardly ever' at the beginning or the end of a sentence? for example is it right to say: Hardly ever, my parents help me with homework / my parents help me with homework hardly ...
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“when” + present perfect, “when” + present continuous

Is it grammatically correct to say I remember that there were two memorable times when I have helped people Also I would like to talk about my experience when I was pursuing my master degree
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Pay for something in a period of time [closed]

I write an essay and need to use the phrase like: He will pay for a laptop in ten years (I suppose he borrowed money, but I don’t want to use “pay back”) Question: should we use “in” preposition?...
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Every/All person/people 's time

We have 10 people. We assign a time interval to each one. For example, they could live 1 year, 2 years,... 10 years. And I want to calculate the sum of all their times. What's the proper way to tell ...
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Which one is the correct answer : “What do you do on Saturdays?” or “What time do you take your dog for a walk on Saturday?”

Which of these questions is correct for "I take the dog for a walk every Saturday afternoon." : a) What time do you take your dog for a walk on Saturday? b) What do you do on Saturdays thank you
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I am looking for a word in English that means something specific about the immediate present

I'm doing research on manufacturing systems and throughout my papers I need to refer to events as they approach a line t=0 which is, to within a differential slice of time, the exact present between ...
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The train just arrived at platform six is the delayed 13.15 from Hereford

The train just arrived at platform six is the delayed 13.15 from Hereford. Q; In the above sentence, I assume "13.15" means hour and minute. But do you think writing hour and minute like this ...
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Word for “Change Over Time”

I am a ornithologist working in Japan and I'm trying to translate a Japanese word, "経年" "けいねん" pronounced "ke i nen", which means change over time or aging but since my English skills are not where ...
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Need a good word for “parts of the day”

Does anyone know an alternative (smarter) word for "parts of the day" ? examples: afternoon, dusk, evening, morning, night, et cetera My problem is I'm writing a form where I would like to ask what ...
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How do I express a time point which is a decade ago, counting from another time point mentioned in a passage?

E.g., I would like to say X was almost impossible to be used in research until 2000s despite being invented a decade ago In this sentence, I would like to express that X was invented in 1990s. ...
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It's time we had a talk

I have a misunderstanding with one question. This phrase was said in the present moment, not about the past. That's why I'm confused. "It's time we had a talk" I suppose there is the Present Perfect ...
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“All this time” or “All these time”?

Is "time" plural in the expressions "all the time" and "all these time"? Which is correct? The first result I get on Google states that the latter is not idiomatic, but apparently "all these moments"...
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Is there a better way to say “since the hour last changed”?

I am looking for a better, possibly idiomatic, phrase to describe the place in time "since the hour last changed". A simplistic example: if the time was 6.31pm, it would be thirty-one minutes since ...
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Is there a word that means “measure time”?

You can measure the weight – it is called weighing. If you measure time, what is that called? Is there a single English word for this? I'm thinking especially in the context of measuring the ...
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How to use “for the first and only time”

Could I say the following: It was for the first time and maybe even the last (time). ? Does this sentence make any sense? As it does in my native language, I'm not sure about English.
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How do I say “here” in time?

I am here. conveys spatial information. How would I say the same about temporal information? Say I were a time traveller, and to specify that someone/something is not “here” - in time.
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Further to refer to time [closed]

May I use further to refer to time? For instance: I'll do it further Thank you
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Which one is correct? “I am suffering from fever since yesterday” or “I am suffering from fever from yesterday”?

I am not good in English literature. From daily use of English language, it seems to me that the second from in: 1 I am suffering from fever from yesterday is the correct word. But, my friend, a ...
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Word for each component of a time-stamp

If I have been presented with a time-stamp in the 24-hour format: 12:24:33 (hh:mm:ss) Is there a word to address a component of this? By a component, I mean each value between 2 delimiters (only the ...
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Changes in Time Range

I'm looking for an unambiguous wording for the "changed" term for these scenarios: I've a time range from August 6th to August 10th. A: I'm changing this time range to August 13th to August 17th B: ...
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Naming convention for weeks

We have names for days in a week and for months in a year, but does a convention exist for weeks in the month? Alternatively, do we have names for weeks in the year other than, say, "The 34th week of ...
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Alternatives for “expected as of today”

Could someone of the Native speakers assist with the following? I need to find the best and the shortest expression for a time reporting software. The expression I am really stuck at: "(Work hours) ...
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It's about time (vs) It's a matter of time

I would like to know if there is a difference in usage between these 2 structures. In other words what situations might suit one and not the other? It's about time. It's a matter of time.
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Can the word “presently” be used to refer to the present (modern) time? [closed]

I have a feeling that the word presently should not be used in the way I've been using it, so I'm wondering whether the following sentence is right: That ancient idea has presently been defined.
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Word to denote “recent” in a relative timeframe

I'm looking for a word to replace recent when the reference point is not the present. For example, I want to describe the time/events of the period shortly before the rule of Alfred the Great (what ...
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The match now starts next Monday

I cannot find an appropriate paraphrase for the next sentence, from Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, pag. 133. The match now starts next Monday, not Tuesday, as I said in my last letter. ...
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using past tense for the future - is it correct?

In the show Westworld, Anthony Hopkins uses this structure, as: As soon as Dr.Ford left the room, he would put an end to this nightmare. now the question is, shouldn't the sentence be like: As ...
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Can we have inversion with temporal expressions?

Is it correct to say: "On Friday is a concert at Trafalgar Square." or do we have to say: "On Friday there is a concert at Trafalgar Square." I know that inversion can occur with locative ...
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“away for a weeks” or “away till 1 week”

I want to tell someone that Situation: "I need to give a reasonable reason to schedule meeting trip in this week because my family is not with me for this week." then which is a correct and right ...
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Word which refers to a Position and Timestamp pair [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a term that refers to both a position and a timestamp associated with that position. "Position in time" is a common phrase. Are there more technical terms? A position and timestamp ...
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“she was gone” vs “she had gone”

I know when Past perfect, and when two past verbs are used in a sentence. according to what I have read, when two actions or events have taken place in rapid succession, we use two verbs in the past ...
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Use of “day of”, “then”, and “closer to” as an adverb

Suppose you're coordinating an event with friends. Someone might say any of the following: Let's sync up day of. Let's sync up then. Let's sync up closer to. I have a few questions: I hear (1) and (...
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Expressions of time: “…by the time” vs “…the moment”

I phoned her_____ I heard the news. minute during by the time the moment I know that correct answer is "the moment"; yet I don't comprehend why it is right answer. Can we ...
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What could be the possible noun of the time between the minimum and maximum?

Fellow Anglophones, I'm developing a Timer App and I have a trouble thinking in what could be the appropriate noun for this time. Right now, I'm using the expression Average Time. However, I don't ...
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Counting time: Is it relevant? [closed]

When does BCE begin and why then? It seems arbitrary and possibly prejudicial or anti-prejudicial. Also confusing to the reader who may be culturally acquainted with BC and AD.
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Better sentence for 'lets go for this time"? [closed]

I am in conversation with another person to set up a meeting time. He suggested some time to me and asks me suitability of that time for me. I am good at that time. Below is what I have written to him ...
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Need alternative phrases to “calendar week” and “calendar month”

We may be familiar with the terms "calendar month" and "lunar month". The former refers specifically to a month as it begins and ends on the calendar. The latter, by contrast, refers to the span of ...
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Representing the time of day

If you apply after 1200 hr (Monday to Friday), or on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, you can collect your cashier's order after 1200 hr on the next business day. Dear users, I saw the above ...
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Is it “quarter past six” or “*a* quarter past six”?

Question is in the title. More generally, regardless of whether you would say "past/to" or "after/till", would the "quarter" have the indefinite article "a" or not? Are there differences between ...
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p.m. at end of sentence. Should there be two periods? [duplicate]

I was editing a sentence which ended in: till around 11pm I wanted to surround the sentence in double quotation marks, and place periods after p and m, as is recommended by the Chicago Manual of ...
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Homework till/on/for Monday [closed]

Could you explain to me the difference between these variants? Could there be more of them? What is a good guide (not a note-ish article) to use the correct prepositions with nouns of time? Thank you ...
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for vs over (in time span)

I wonder if "for 50 years" has the same meaning with "over 50 years" ? Anyone who can help is highly appreciated.
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“Position” is to “space” as what word is to “time”?

Is there an English word that is the temporal equivalent to "position"? As position can be described as "where you are", I can think of "when you are" as the temporal meaning. Information on how ...
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How much later?

Growing up in the 1980s in New York City, I understood a plain "later" to mean "later in the same day", as in the examples below. As an adult, I lived in St. Louis, met people from many more places, ...
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Where is it best to put the “when” of a sentence?

John yesterday went to the store to buy eggs. John went to the store yesterday to buy eggs. John went to the store to buy eggs yesterday.