Learn 5 English Expressions with 'TIME'

Written by
Tony Kaizen


In this video, you'll learn 5 extremely useful phrases with the word 'time'. Be sure to study and practice with your language exchange partner!

On time - Punctual; punctually

  • Used to describe something that arrives, happens, or is done when it should and is not late.

I’m a punctual person, I’m always on time.

The train never arrives on time.

Please make sure you leave on time. I don’t want you to be late.

In time - Early enough; before it is/was too late

I want to be home in time for dinner.

Do you think we can make it in time for kickoff?

Unfortunately, he didn’t make it in time to watch his son being born.

Just in time - Immediately before the time at which something is due or is scheduled to begin or end.

We got there just in time.

We got there just in time for kickoff.

He got there just in time to watch his son being born.

In due time - Eventually; and the right/appropriate time

  • Often used to suggest that someone be patient or to suggest that some event will happen eventually

What is meant for you, will arrive in due time.

You’ll find the right one in due time.

Please be patient, I’ll answer all of your questions in due time.

In the meantime - During the time before something happens or before a specified period ends 

The new computers won’t arrive until next week, but we can keep using the old ones in the meantime. ← (until the aforementioned moment)

In the meantime - While something else is or was being done

Your mother is cleaning the kitchen. So in the meantime, we’re going to cut the grass. ← (while she is cleaning the kitchen)

*If you wanna spice up (diversify) your vocabulary a bit and sound more like a native, you can say:

In the meantime between time…

This isn’t necessarily ‘standard English.’ But this is an expression that we use from time to time where I’m from and in many black communities across the U.S. It’s just a colorful way of using the language that doesn’t change the meaning of the phrase at all. We have this habit of weaving creative rhyming expressions into our speech. (Not exactly sure how or why that started)

It’s about time

  • used to say often in an annoyed way that something should have happened sooner

It’s about time you get a job.

It’s about time you find a language exchange partner and start practicing your English daily.

As I always say, you’ve gotta practice if you want to learn and remember new information. So write a sentence or two using your favorite idiom in the comments below.

Also don’t forget to check out the Life in English Podcast if you haven’t already so you can learn more of the authentic American English that you won’t learn in school.

Thank you so much for your time and attention. I’ll talk to you later. Peace!

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