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Idioms Quiz: Time 1

This quiz tests you on time idioms.

1. a question of time

If Taylor doesn't start eating healthy food, it's only a question of time before he

a. starts losing weight

b. has serious health problems

c. begins to get healthier

2. a whale of a time

Ollie said he had a whale of a time at the jazz festival and he

a. wishes he hadn't gone

b. wants to go again next year

c. probably won't bother going again

3. around the clock

The cafe is open around the clock, so

a. it's open 24 hours a day

b. it's located around a clock tower

c. it opens whenever a customer comes

4. behind the times

My uncle Ron is always so far behind the times that he

a. never arrives anywhere on time

b. never knows what the date is

c. never knows what young people are interested in

5. day to day

Most people's day-to-day exercise includes some

a. homework

b. housework

c. teamwork

6. for the time being

Fatima wants to lose weight, so she's decided to stop eating cakes for the time being. She'll try not to eat them

a. for the rest of today

b. for the rest of her life

c. until she thinks she's lost enough weight

7. from now on

Rashid has promised his family that from now on he won't drink alcohol. This means he's promised not to drink alcohol

a. until he goes out

b. until tomorrow morning

c. for the rest of his life

8. from time to time

On most Saturday mornings Bill and Fran work in their garden, but from time to time they'll

a. stay at home

b. play golf instead

c. watch the sunset

9. in the long run

Jerry's life as a poor student is hard, but he says it'll be worth it in the long run when

a. he gets home and relaxes

b. he has fun on the weekend

c. he gets a good job after graduating

10. it's high time

Tim's mum said it was high time he paid her money for rent because

a. he's been paying it too long

b. he's just lost his job

c. he's had a job for months

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1. a question of time - If Taylor doesn't start eating healthy food, it's only a question of time before he: a) starts losing weight b) has serious health problems c) begins to get healthier

2. a whale of a time - Ollie said he had a whale of a time at the jazz festival and he: a) wishes he hadn't gone b) wants to go again next year c) probably won't bother going again

3. around the clock - The cafe is open around the clock, so: a) it's open 24 hours a day b) it's located around a clock tower c) it opens whenever a customer comes

4. behind the times - My uncle Ron is always so far behind the times that he: a) never arrives anywhere on time b) never knows what the date is c) never knows what young people are interested in

5. day to day - Most people's day-to-day exercise includes some: a) homework b) housework c) teamwork

6. for the time being - Fatima wants to lose weight, so she's decided to stop eating cakes for the time being. She'll try not to eat them: a) for the rest of today b) for the rest of her life c) until she thinks she's lost enough weight

7. from now on - Rashid has promised his family that from now on he won't drink alcohol. This means he's promised not to drink alcohol: a) until he goes out b) until tomorrow morning c) for the rest of his life

8. from time to time - On most Saturday mornings Bill and Fran work in their garden, but from time to time they'll: a) stay at home b) play golf instead c) watch the sunset

9. in the long run - Jerry's life as a poor student is hard, but he says it'll be worth it in the long run when: a) he gets home and relaxes b) he has fun on the weekend c) he gets a good job after graduating

10. it's high time - Tim's mum said it was high time he paid her money for rent because: a) he's been paying it too long b) he's just lost his job c) he's had a job for months

Contributor: Matt Errey