3. Time

3. Time

Was Tim in time?


Main practise:  Time expressions
Revision:             Present Simple  -  come over  -  by the way

Vocabulary
by the way - to change the topic of conversation, i.e.
  • …so it was a great concert. By the way, did Susan pass her exam?

by + time - before the appointed time, i.e.
  • I'll be back by seven.

coming over - visiting someone's home, i.e.
  • Do you want to come over later and watch a movie?
in time - slightly before the appointed time, i.e.
  • Did you get to the station in time for the train?

mates  -  (slang) friends

on time - exactly at a certain time, i.e.
  • The taxi came on time.   
  • The bus was *dead on time. 
  • He arrived *bang on one o'clock.
*dead on / bang on time - colloquial expressions meaning exactly at that time.

in time - slightly before the appointed time, i.e.
  • Did you get to the station in time for the train?

Remember:
in the morning/afternoon/evening
at the weekend
at seven o'clock. 
on Monday, Tuesday, etc.

Conversation

Posted on: 28/03/2017
Tim has a guitar lesson. It's early in the morning because his teacher, James, is so popular that's the only time he can see Tim. James is in a band and playing a local concert. Tim wants to go but must be back in time to see his aunt, Lucy. 

Complete the sentences with the correct preposition.
 
 

Tim:  Hi, Mum.

Sam:  Hi. Were you time for your guitar lesson this morning?

Tim:  I got there dead  /  bang time, seven o'clock. But it's
            too early for a guitar lesson when I have school eight-thirty.

Sam:  Well, James works the evenings and he doesn't teach
            weekends. And the afternoons he already has
            too many students.

Tim:   I know.

Sam:  We could find you another teacher.

Tim:  No, thanks, James is a really good teacher. By the way, can I go and
           see him play in his band?

Sam:  When?

Tim:  On Saturday. It's an outdoor concert, starts at three, on the beach.

Sam: Lucy's coming over seven and she'll want to see you.

Tim:  I'll be back then.

Sam:  Who're going with?

Tim:  Ravi and some mates from school.

Sam:  All right, but you must be back seven.

Tim:  Thanks, mum.


Exercise

Complete the sentences with the correct preposition.

- Can you help me fix my car?

- Sure, when shall I come over?

- How about the weekend, on Saturday?

- Sorry, I'm busy Saturday. I'm free Sunday though, the morning.
   I could come  ten.

- I'm playing tennis until ten, can we say eleven?

- Fine, but I must be back home one, my parents are coming for lunch.