10 Great English Expressions about Time

Here are two riddles for you:

What can fly without wings?

What is harmless but can kill you?


The answer to both is TIME.


Time is both a magical tool and a terrible curse. It allows us to grow, learn and have wonderful experiences, but watch out! Time can be controlling and will steal your youth!


I'm going to put all that aside and show you some super useful English expressions about time.


Ready? It's time to get started! 


On time: not late for something

The meeting starts at 11:45 AM. Please get there on time.

In time: not too late for something

We got to the movie in time to see the new Star Wars trailer.


Ages & Forever: a very long time

I’ve known Soojin for ages. It feels like forever since we hung out.



Take your time: you don’t have to hurry

Hey, take your time. We’ve got half an hour before we have to leave.



It’s about time: finally, used to express impatience

Oh, look! Our food is coming. It’s about time! I’m starving.



Running late: late or behind schedule

The flight to Montreal is running thirty minutes late.


Sharp: exactly, used for times

The shop opens at 8:30 AM sharp every morning.



A sec & A flash: very quickly, immediately

I’ve got to make a quick phone call. I’ll be back in a flash.



An all-nighter: an activity that lasts throughout the night, usually used for work and studying

I had a really important test this morning so I pulled an all-nighter. Hope I passed!



At the crack of dawn: very early in the morning

My flight leaves at 7:00 AM so I’m going to have to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow.



Time’s up: there is no time left for an activity, could be used for a test or game

Okay. Pencils down please. Time’s up.


First, let me take a moment and congratulate you for taking the time to read through this lesson. As they say, you reap what you sow, which means you get what you give or put in.


Now comes the fun part.


Pick one, two or three of these expressions and make sure to use them in your everyday life. For some extra help, get your free PDF of these 10 great expressions about time. It also comes with a few short exercises.

"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of."
-Bruce Lee

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