10 common English expressions with TIME!
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You can spend time. (Use time doing something)
- I spent 3 hours making dinner.
- I really enjoy spending time at home.
- The boss said not to spend any more time on projects that don’t make money.
You can waste time. (Use time for nothing)
- I wasted an hour waiting for her.
- Brian didn’t want to waste time in the morning so he prepared everything he needed before he went to bed.
Time can be a waste. (Time that is used for nothing)
- It’s not worth going. The whole exhibition is a waste of time.
- We stood in line for 30 minutes and then they closed the restaurant! What a waste. (of time)
You can value time.
- I value every minute I get to spend with my family.
- We should value the time we have when we are young.
You can run out of time. (Have no time left)
- I didn’t get the project finished as I would’ve liked. I ran out of time.
- The movie starts in 20 minutes! We have to leave now, we’re running out of time!
You can spare time. (Have extra time)
- Can you spare a few minutes?
- Hurry! There’s no time to spare!
Time can be precious. (very important or valuable)
- I travel a lot so the time I spend at home is very precious to me.
- Time is precious. After it’s gone we can’t get it back.
You can afford time. (Have time to use.)
This is usually used in the negative ~ can’t afford time ~ and with other time expressions. See examples below
- We can’t afford to spend any more time on this. We have a lot to do today.
- Final exams are in 3 days. I can’t afford to waste time playing video games.
You can save time. (This is the opposite of waste time.)
You give yourself extra time by doing something earlier, faster or better)
- I prepared the old files last night to save time today.
- If we take a shortcut through the park we’ll save time.
You can have plenty of time. (Have a lot of time)
- Let’s focus on our main job today; we’ll have plenty of time to worry about these other things later.
- Mom and Dad won’t be home until 9:30, we have plenty of time to wash the dishes.
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