Common Expressions with the Word “TIME” in English

As the pace of life increases, time is what people need the most. Let's learn how to talk about time with these expressions with time...


1. Spend time

Meaning: To pass your time doing some activity

Example: I spent sometimes in South America when I was younger.

2. Waste time

Meaning: Doing something that is not a good use of time.

Example: Don’t do it like that. You’re wasting time. 

3. Save time

Meaning: Something that is efficient and gives you extra time

Example: People love shopping online because it saves time.

4. Tell someone the time.

Example: Can you tell me the time, please? – Oh, I left my watch at home.

5. Run out of time

Meaning: Have no more time before the limit.

Example: The bell rings and we run out of time before finishing the test.

6. It’s about time

Meaning: Finally!

Example: It’s about time for me to go to bed.

7. Have time to

Meaning: Be available to do something.

Example: I’d like to take violin lessons, but I don’t have enough time.

                  I’m sorry!  I didn’t have time to do my homework.

8. Make time for

Meaning: To “create” time in a busy schedule.

Example: The doctor’s very busy but he’ll try to make time for you.

9. Kill time

Meaning: To fill in the time while you are waiting to do something you have planned.

Example: We got the airport very early, so we had a meal in the restaurant to kill time.

10. Take your time

Example: No need to hurry, you can take your time

11. Bang/dead/right on the time

Meaning: Exactly on time

Example: The train left bad/dead/right on the time.

12. Free/Spare Time

Meaning: Time in which you have no obligations, and you can do whatever you want.

Example: In my free time, I enjoy reading, painting, and cooking.

13. On Time

Meaning: On schedule, at the right time.

Example: It’s important to arrive on time for a job interview.

14. Just In Time

Meaning: At the perfect time, soon before something else happens

Example: Hi, Henry! Have a seat – you got here just in time for dinner.

15. Have A Hard/Rough Time

Meaning: Something difficult, or a difficult period in life.

Example: I’m having a hard time solving this math problem. Could you help me?

16. Run Out Of Time

Meaning: Have no more time before the limit.

Example: I ran out of time before I finished the test, so I couldn't answer the last question.

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