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HEY!

, IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE YOUR LAST


VISIT

ADVERBS THAT TELL US FOR HOW LONG


Adverbs that tell us for how long are also usually placed at the end of the sentence.

EXAMPLES
She stayed in the Bears' house all day.
My mother lived in France for a year.
I have been going to this school since 1996.

In these adverbial phrases that tell us for how long, for is always followed by an expression of duration,
while since is always followed by an expression of a point in time.

EXAMPLES
I stayed in Switzerland for three days.
I am going on vacation for a week.
I have been riding horses for several years.
The French monarchy lasted for several centuries.
I have not seen you since Monday.
Jim has been working here since 1997.
There has not been a more exciting discovery since last century

for how long :


We waited all day.
They have lived here since 2004.
We will be on holiday from July 1st until August 3rd.

An adverb clause of time shows when something happens. It is usually introduced by


time adverbs. Examples are: before, after, as, when, while, until, as soon as, since,
no sooner than, as long as etc. Note that all adverb clauses aresubordinate
clauses. They cannot stand on their own and must be attached to an independent
clause.

Read the examples given below.

I always take a bath before I go to bed.


Will you wait here until I am ready?
I was not at home when he came to see me.
Do not disturb me when I am busy with my work.
As soon as she finished that project, she started working on the next.
After I have finished my work, I will accompany you to the park.
Notes

An adverb clause of time can come before or after the main clause. When it comes
before the main clause, we usually separate it with a comma. Commas are not
necessary when the adverb clause goes after the main clause.

Whenever I think of her, my eyes get misty.


My eyes get misty whenever I think of her.

Tense

If you are talking about something that is yet to happen in the future, use a present
tense in the adverb clause and a future tense in the main clause.

I will start when I am ready. (NOT I will start when I will be ready.)
I will not go until I get my money back. (NOT I will not go until I will get my
money back.)
1. I once studied classical music for six months.
2. That house has been empty for six months.
3. I am going to France for the summer.
4. I have known him since our school days.
5. I have known him for a long time.
6. How long have you been here for?
7. I havent met him in / for months.
8. It was the worst storm in / for decades.
9. He loved music since / from his earliest childhood.
10. I will be at home from morning on.
1. I once studied the piano for three years.
2. That house has been empty for two years.
3. I have known her for a long time.
4. We go away for three weeks every summer.
5. How long are you here for?
6. It was the worst storm in / for years.
7. I will be here from four oclock onwards.
8. I work from nine to five.
9. I have known her for three days.
10. Since / from the dawn of civilization people have made war.