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  • At the end of this lesson you’ll be able to:

    • Understand the placement of adverbs of time
    • Understand the different uses of the word "rich"
    • Understand more about International Women’s Day


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Dialog: "...women are still paid less than their male counterparts..."
"International Women's Day increases in status year after year."

Adverbs of time not only tell us when an action happened, but also for how long, and how often. However, in English their placement within a sentence may vary considerably, depending on the emphasis you wish to give to the adverb and how common use may dictate. Here are some examples of common adverbs of time:


"When adverbs" are usually placed at the end of the sentence:

  • Ana turned in her dissertation yesterday.
  • I have a dentist's appointment scheduled for tomorrow.
  • Margie had intended to go to the lake on Friday.


Some "when adverbs" can be put in other positions to give a different emphasis. Compare the placement of the adverbs below:

  • Later the activists went to the steps of the Capital building. (the time is more important)
  • The activists later went to the steps of the Capital building. (this is more formal)
  • The activists went to the Capital building later. (no particular emphasis)


"How long adverbs" are usually placed at the end of the sentence:

  • Mary and her daughter Alice were at the pool all day.
  • Rebecca lived in Paris for a year.
  • My cousin Tricia has been on a diet for half her life.


"How often adverbs" expressing the frequency of an action are usually placed before the main verb but after the auxiliary:

  • She never drinks alcohol.
  • You must always listen to your elders.
  • She is never sea-sick.
  • Siobhan has never forgotten her Irish heritage.


Some other "how often adverbs" express the exact number of times an action happens and are usually placed at the end of the sentence:

  • Oprah's magazine is published monthly.
  • He visits his mother once a week.
  • I go to the doctor on a regular basis.


Still expresses continuity. It is used in positive sentences and questions, and is placed before the main verb and after the auxiliary:

  • I'm still hungry.
  • She is still waiting for a response from the network.
  • Are you still here? I thought you left hours ago.
  • Do you still work for the Fox Network?


Sobre esta aula

Women have truly broken the bonds that have kept them from their rightful place in the forefront of society, but they continue to face prejudice and bigotry on many fronts. International Women's Day is a global celebration to bring women from around the world together under a common banner of freedom and equality. Follow the woman's path towards emancipation as we discover the history and true value of International Women's Day.

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