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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Time expressions - grammar lesson 16

Level: Intermediate B1

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Time for another grammar lesson! This one looks at what expressions we use to talk about the future.


Time expressions - future

A. Complete the sentences with one of these words:
by                    during              for                    from now                     time                 until

  1. The new national park will be designated      by        the end of the year.
  2. Hopefully a few years                          we will see electric cars on the roads.
  3. We have been trying to save the white rhino                           years.
  4. Experts predict that we have only got                         2050 before oil runs out.
  5. We will see rising sea levels                             the next decade
  6. The agreement comes into force in five weeks’                       .


B. Now complete the rules for during, until, by and for:
§                                        is used to talk about a period of time.
§                                        is used to say how long something will take.
§                                        is used to talk about a future deadline; an action that will be completed before (or at) a specific time..

§                                        is used to talk about a deadline: the emphasis is on a continuous situation that will stop at a specific time.



Answers below!



ANSWERS!


A. Complete the sentences with one of these words:
by                    during              for                    from now                     time                 until

  1. The new national park will be designated      by        the end of the year.
  2. Hopefully a few years             time     we will see electric cars on the roads.
  3. We have been trying to save the white rhino              for        years.
  4. Experts predict that we have only got            until     2050 before oil runs out.
  5. We will see rising sea levels    during  the next decade
  6. The agreement comes into force in five weeks’          from now        .


B. Now complete the rules for during, until, by and for:
§                          during    is used to talk about a period of time.
§                          for         is used to say how long something will take.
§                          by          is used to talk about a future deadline; an action that will be completed before (or at) a specific time..

§                          until       is used to talk about a deadline: the emphasis is on a continuous situation that will stop at a specific time.

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