Expressions Quiz: Time 2

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. As soon as she gets her pension, Malaika's quitting her job for good.

for a long time
for as long as possible
a) forever b) for a long time c) for as long as possible

2. When we went to Japan, we were in Tokyo for the whole time.

some of the time
most of the time
all of the time
a) some of the time b) most of the time c) all of the time

3. Frank releases new music every once in a while.

a) regularly b) occasionally c) repeatedly

4. Villa Supermarket is open round the clock.

24 hours a day
12am to 12pm
all year round
a) 24 hours a day b) 12am to 12pm c) all year round

5. I got a text message from Omar the other day.

one day ago
a few days ago
many days ago
a) one day ago b) a few days ago c) many days ago

6. Our bus was leaving at 7am, and we got there just in time.

just after it left
long before it left
just before it left
a) just after it left b) long before it left c) just before it left

7. If you study hard, you could get into a top university one day.

at some future time
in the near future
on a certain day
a) at some future time b) in the near future c) on a certain day

8. If grandpa gets chest pain, call an ambulance at once.

soon after
once again
straight away
a) once again b) once again c) straight away

9. Shouldn't we have paid last month's power bill by now?

after now
before now
about now
a) after now b) before now c) about now

10. In small villages, neighbours visit each other all the time.

very often
hardly ever
the whole time
a) very often b) hardly ever c) the whole time

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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.