Expressions Quiz: Time 1

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests comprehension of common English expressions used when talking about Time.

Read each sentence and choose the answer with the closest meaning to the words in italics.

1. I haven't got time now, but I promise I'll do it later on.

soon
later tonight
in the future
a) soon b) later tonight c) in the future

2. Jane hardly ever calls her old friends.

never
rarely
often
a) never b) rarely c) often

3. We talk to our neighbours every now and then.

all the time
very often
occasionally
a) all the time b) very often c) occasionally

4. Most people with health insurance save money in the long run.

over a long period of time
almost immediately
as long as they run
a) over a long period of time b) almost immediately c) as long as they run

5. They called for an ambulance and it was there in no time at all.

very slowly
very quickly
very briefly
a) very slowly b) very quickly c) very briefly

6. We've got enough food for the time being, but we'll need some more soon.

for the present
for the future
for all time
a) for the present b) for the future c) for all time

7. Your new credit card should arrive any day now.

any time today
after a few more days
within the next few days
a) any time today b) after a few more days c) within the next few days

8. Fifty years ago only rich people travelled, but these days everyone does.

in the future
in the past
in the present
a) in the future b) in the past c) in the present

9. If we leave now, we'll be there in time for the first race.

early enough for
too early for
too late for
a) early enough for b) too early for c) too late for

10. Jules and Maria met at school and they've been friends ever since.

rarely since then
continually since then
a few times since then
a) rarely since then b) continually since then c) a few times since then

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Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers. He is also creator of WORD UP, the world's #1 EFL board game.

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