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Cheryl's Weekly Feature
Idioms of Time


Last week my class read an article called Time and discussed some different expressions and idioms about time. We spent some time discussing what “for a long time” means in different situations. People use this expression for many different lengths of time.

Some examples:

Last night I read for a long time to discover the murderer in my mystery novel. (hours)

I have been coming to the Pearson Adult Leaning Centre for a long time. (months)

Many people work for a long time at one job. (years)

When studying history, a long time usually means a thousand years or more.

Try these websites to learn more idioms and expression of time.

Time Idioms

English Today Time Idioms

Also, we discussed the importance our society places on being prompt especially for appointments, school, and work. I mentioned an article I read recently in the paper about the decline of people wearing a wristwatch. I did a poll to see how many students in my class were wearing a watch. Out of 27 students only about 5 were wearing a watch. I was surprised. The article in the paper said the younger or new generation doesn’t wear watches. They have cell phones to tell the time.

The article suggests only the older generation or the fashion conscious are wearing watches today. I guess that puts me in the “older generation” because I never leave the house without my watch! Seems like most of my students are “new generation” or “fashionable”! Now I find it funny to think how often I am asked, “Do you know the time?”


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