Learn 10 English expressions with TIME (+ video)

English expressions with TIME

In this post you will learn 10 common English expressions with TIME. Use them in your own natural conversation after you learn with real examples. At the end of the post there is a video for listening practice.

List of 10 common English expressions with time.

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)
“Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects. 
Pessimism is a waste of time.”
~Norman Cousins

You can value time. 

(Appreciate [understand] that time is important)
  • I value every minute I get to spend with my family.
  • We should value the time we have when we are young.
“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
~M. Scott Peck

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.
“Everything matters. Time is precious.”
~Jessica Hagedorn

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.
“To save time is to lengthen life.”

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.
“I always think that I have plenty of time for everything, and then the reality of it doesn’t quite match up.”
~Kate Micucci

Watch the video below

Learn more ways to use time at Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries HERE

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